Nizam for turning libraries in “cybraries”
LAHORE: (Friday, March 30, 2018): Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Nizammudin has said that the concept of libraries has changed in the modern world and traditional system of libraries must be replaced with “cybraries” containing multi-media facilities. He was addressing the launching ceremony of PHEC’s newly initiated project “Capacity building of University Librarians of Punjab” at Punjab University Library here on Friday. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zakria Zakar, Mian Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology Multan Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Amir Ejaz, former Vice Chancellor GCU Lahore Prof Dr Khaleeq ur Rehman, Vice Chancellor Women University Multan Talat Afza, PHEC Director General Dr Shahid Soroya, PU Chief Librarian Dr Haroon Usmani and chief librarians from various public sector universities in Punjab were present on the occasion. Addressing the ceremony, Dr Nizamuddin said that libraries were not the name of huge buildings containing book shelves. He said that now our libraries must have theater, multi media sections, discussion room, art and culture galleries and online access to thousands of books. He said that scientific documentaries must be screened at the theatres to show latest development to students in their relevant field because traditional mean of delivering only lectures to students was not sufficient. He said that without building capacity of librarians, faculty members and students could not properly benefit from the libraries. He said that PHEC was aiming at providing such facilities to the libraries in Punjab to bring them at par with modern libraries in the world. He said that PHEC would establish network among all the libraries in the province and would also launch a journal covering their activities. He said that libraries should also provide assistance in compiling research work and literature on specific topics. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zakria Zakar said that libraries played important role in knowledge production, which was the prime responsibility of universities. He said that without having state-of-the-art libraries, we could not integrate with modern system of knowledge. He said that we were not communicating latest scientific knowledge and we were not aware of modern developments, which is a major problem being faced today. He said that we had good scientists but their scientific knowledge was not reaching out to the policymakers, industrialists and societies. He said that various branches of knowledge were merging and a lot of new subjects had emerged. The two-day workshop would continue today i.e. Saturday.