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Librarians training need assessment

Librarians Training Need Assessment

Presented by

Arshad Mahmood

State Bank of Pakistan

R ationale for librarians training
Rationale for Librarians Training

5 main reasons why library professionals should be given training

Basic objective of training need assessment tna

  • To enhance the knowledge and skill base of the library professionals to enable them to cope with the present and future challenges in a manner widely acceptable to all the stakeholders and consistent to the best prevailing practices

Impact of training need assessment tna

  • Training and development has always been an effective tool in achieving professionals’ goals in any modern organization. One of the vital tools in equipping our human resources with enhanced knowledge capital is continuous training

Research assumption

  • Research assumption is that librarian from Karachi city who has professional qualification need no additional professional training on the job

Objectives of study

Research methodology

  • A survey method using questionnaire was selected for this research study. Both open and close ended questions were formulated. A four point Likert-type scale was used in the questionnaire.

Research limitations

  • The research study was limited to find out the training need assessment (TNA) of library professionals working in Karachi

Data analysis

  • The Study was focused on three major areas of Librarians professional development these areas are


  • On the basis of research findings Research assumption of this study has been not proved, and after analyzing the research data now it is confirmed that librarian who has professional qualification essentially need additional professional training on the job


  • On the basis of data analysis some recommendations made, these recommendations are given below:

  • Department of Library and Information Science must include latest trends in the syllabus of BLIS and MLIS course.

  • Department must arrange two training courses for working librarians in a year

  • Library professionals in Karachi are not good in online database search; thus professional organizations must conduct a training workshop on database search as earliest as possible.

  • Library professionals are also lacking in website development or website designing, therefore training courses on website designing must be started.

  • Professional organization also conduct a series of training courses on Open Sources Software (OCC)

  • Basic library automation and computer hardware program should be introduced for LIS community in Karachi.

  • Some training workshop, seminars essentially be organized on use of EDDC (Electronic DDC), Resource Description Access (RDA)

  • Librarians in Karachi also facing problem in use of Citation Management tools eg. Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley etc. Library organization must include training programs on Citation Management tools in their future planner

  • Serial Management is also a problem for LIS professionals in Karachi and they have no opportunity to learn serial management

  • Training program on various soft skills development including Communication Skills, Leadership Skills, Time Management, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Knowledge Management, Creativity, Presentation Skills and Report Writing Skills are very useful for library professionals in Karachi.

  • Selected LIS faculty members and librarians must be trained as Master Trainer for above mentioned trainings.

  • Professional organization make sure that publicity should be given in advance that the professionals can plan their participation in training programmes

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Thank You continuing education for Pakistani librarians”,