Impact of Computer Training on Professional Library Activities in Pakistan

Ashraf Sharif, Khalid Mahmood

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Report on a survey of alumni of the Pakistan Library Association's Computer Training Center in Lahore to determine the impact of the Certificate in Library Automation (CLA) on librarianship in Pakistan. The survey provided information on: the profile of the respondents; their participation in computer training before and after taking the CLA; the impact of their training on their success in job seeking; their access to and use of computers; their participation in library automation projects and other auto-mation related activities; and suggestions regarding further courses and the improvement of the Training Centre. The results showed that the courses were attended mainly by comparatively young professional librarians, most of whom were working in Lahore. Their computer training contributed a lot to their success in getting new jobs. Most of them had access to computer facilities in their offices and use them daily, and have participated significantly in automation activities in their libraries. Many also applied their computing knowledge in writing books, articles, delivering lectures and providing consultancy services. Many suggestions were made for improving the courses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalInformation Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2001
Externally publishedYes


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