Barriers for the Adoption of Professional Development Courses (PDCs) in Public Sector University Libraries

Naveed Anwar, Khurram Shahzad, Muhammad Tariq, Amber Mehboob Bhatti

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Objective:The purpose of the study was to explore the major problems of Library Professionals working in the academic libraries of public sector universities regarding participation in Professional Development Courses (PDCs).Methodology:Public sector Universities affiliated with Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, located in Lahore, Pakistan were the target population. The Census sampling technique was adopted to accomplish the objectives of the conducted study. 67 respondents participated in the study. A quantitative research technique was used in the study. A self-created questionnaire was used to collect the data.Key Findings:The findings of the study revealed that a good number of respondents were willing to participate in development activities. But, due to numerous hurdles included shortage of library staff, poor allocation of budget for development activities and non-interesting attitude of organizational administration towards the professional development of Library professionals were the major barriers towards professional development activities.Rationale and Significance:Past literature indicated that no study was conducted covering the objective of barriers in professional development. No researcher made the proper investigation in the local scenario. It was highly desired to explore the barriers in participating in professional development activities in the local context.Implication:This study would contribute to the professional literature.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLibrary Philosophy and Practice
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Barriers in PDCs
  • Continuing professional development
  • Professional development


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