Thursday, January 09, 2020

Five tips for better faculty-librarian communication and collaboration

By Bruce Rosenstein 

Effective communication and collaboration between librarians and faculty sounds great in theory. But in practice it's not always so easy. Fortunately, some recent articles give great guidance on how to get the most out of this relationship, and boost student success in the bargain.

Following these tips on strengthening this relationship should make your work more rewarding and increase your sense of connection:
1.                  Take the initiative. Librarians must not wait for faculty to originate ideas about how to collaborate, but rather should actively seek out ways to work together. They should learn about what has worked elsewhere, and see how it can be applied.  Sometimes, faculty-generated ideas and requests aren't particularly helpful or useful. In "Not at your service: building genuine faculty‐librarian partnerships," Yvonne Nalani Meulemans and Allison Carr reject short-term, simplistic solutions that do not lead to lasting learning. This means librarians should engage faculty in a true dialogue (more as equals than as service providers).
2.               Seize opportunities. It's clear that librarians must take the initiative in showing how their skills apply beyond the four walls of the library. In their provocative article, Meulemans and Carr describe librarian presentations to new faculty in multiple workshops throughout the academic year at their institution, California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM). These replaced an earlier, 30-minute fall-only format that was meant to "sell" an instruction program. Among other things, the new program addresses "misperceptions and assumptions" faculty members may have about how students conduct research assignments at the school. These include such areas as realizing some students aren't aware that they can come to the library for help, and that sending students on a tour of the physical library can be counterproductive.
3.               Be open-minded. There are multiple ways that librarians can work with faculty to contribute both in-person and virtually. For instance, Starr Hoffman's "Embedded academic librarian experiences in online courses: Roles, faculty collaboration, and opinion" examines how librarians at six different institutions in the United States handled their online embedded role. The librarians generally reported positive interactions with faculty, even those who were wary at first of librarian involvement. Hoffman was at University of North Texas in Denton, Texas when she wrote the article, and is now a librarian at Columbia University in New York City.

"Faculty‐librarian collaboration in improving information literacy of educational opportunity program students" discusses how librarians and faculty teamed up to teach basic information literacy skills to "socio-economically disadvantaged students" at Rider University, in New Jersey. The article was written by librarians (Ma Lei Hsieh and Sharon Yang) and faculty (Susan McManimon) at the school. "For many years," the authors point out, "librarians at the Moore Library have worked closely with the Communication and journalism faculty on incorporating information literacy (IL) skills into the Speech Communication course to help students build a solid foundation of research skills for their academic work."
4.               Be purpose-driven. Collaboration and communication are used not for their own sake, but for the ultimate purpose of successful student learning. In "Communicating the library: librarians and faculty in dialogue," Peter Brophy believes that "academic libraries are in the business of human learning rather than in the information business."  It's not necessarily a matter of librarians vs. faculty in who is viewed as more important by students and others. He writes of today's overall "battleground for influence" in dealing with data and information. Brophy (of the Centre for Research in Library and Information Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK) points to potential marginalization for librarians unless they can clearly articulate the value they add to teaching and research.
5.               Break down silos. In theory, everyone understands that silos (whether representing the faculty or library) are dangerous and can obstruct success. Yet it's easy to fall into a silo mentality. Librarians and faculty working together represent a productive way to break out for the benefit of students. In "Librarians and faculty collaboration – partners in student success," Bruce E. Massis explains how faculty and librarians working jointly can develop a targeted selection of trusted resources for first-year college students. From his vantage point at Columbus State Community College, in Columbus, Ohio, he writes of the need for a "critical path for ensuring a vibrant and robust collaborative environment."
The years ahead for academic institutions and their libraries are likely to be even more turbulent and uncertain than today.  As the future of teaching, learning, and research becomes more nuanced and complex, librarians are better off being perceived as part of the solution, not as part of the problem.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Seminar on “Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights” (IPR)

Oxford University Press and Danish society of Library information services COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore campus has organized A seminar on “Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights” on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The key objective of this Seminar was to sensitize the participants towards the basics of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and its role in enhancing the quality of research and innovation output including incubation and commercialization.
The inauguration ceremony of this seminar was held on October 31, 2019 at 10.30 am. Chief Guest of the seminar was Mr. Fayyaz Hussain Raja (Regional sales Director, Oxford University Press) and Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Farouqui, Program Director DDP program.
Mr. Yasir Khilji and Mr. Nabeel Younis were the resource person of the seminar. At the end, the chief guest Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Farouqui, Program Director DDP program highlighted the importance of Intellectual Property Rights, and also appraised COMSATS and Oxford University press for holding a successful seminar. Certificate and shields were distributed among Organizers and resources persons.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Help Guide for New Library Users

Library Membership
All CUI registered students are library members. Just show your COMSATS ID card to circulation desk and get the library material.

Library Rules and Regulations
Library users are expected to observe the following library rules while using the library facilities. Any violation may leads to some disciplinary action.  

1. Leave your personal belongings (bags, briefcases, handbags etc.) at the library entrance.
2. Take care of your belongings as library disclaims any responsibility for loss or damage.
3. Keep your cell phones on silent mode/switch off within library premises.
4. To make the library environment more conducive for reading and research, gossiping, cell phone calls, sleeping, eating, drinking, smoking, chatting, and disturbing the order of library furniture is strictly prohibited.
5. Submit library material(s) for inspection, if requested.
6. Underlining, marking, folding and tearing pages of library materials is prohibited.
7. Leave the library materials on tables after consulting/reading.
8. Observe Electronic Resource Section rules while using library computing facilities.
9. Library membership could be suspended or cancelled along with a penalty in the following cases:
·     Non payment of library fine(s)
·    Theft of library material(s)
·     Non payment of fine of damage material
·    Non returning of the temporary issued material within due time
·    Any kind of disturbance in library
·    Misconduct with the library staff
·    Breaching of established library rules and norms
         10. All library users are requested to:
· Display your COMSATS ID card.
· Switch off your mobile phone.
· Enter with formal dress.
· Enter only for individual study not for discussion.

Borrowing Rules
All registered members are entitled to borrow library materials. The borrowing privileges may differ   depending upon the membership category. The borrowing privileges for different membership categories are:

Borrowing Privileges
Time Period
Undergraduate students
One Month
Graduate students
One Month
Postgraduate students (MS/M.Phil/PhD)
One Month

 COMSATS ID card required while borrowing library materials. 
· Books borrowed by any patron can be reserved.
· Reserved books may be collected within 2 days from the circulation desk. Book(s) borrowed by any patron can be renewed for a period of 01 Month as long as the same is not reserved by another patron.
· Non-circulating materials such as reference books, current journals, and research projects cannot be borrowed and only be used within library premises.
· Any of the borrowed library materials is subject to recall as and when needed by the library.
· If the patrons misplace any library material and is unable to find them, it is recommended to report at circulation desk immediately to avoid overdue fines.

 Library Fine
Certain fines are charged for overdue (not returned on time) library materials. This is an effort to provide patrons an equal opportunity to make use of library materials and to maximize sharing of library collections.
·  Overdue fine is charged from the first overdue date/day.
·  Overdue fine on general books would be PKR10 per book per day.
·  Overdue fine on temporarily issued materials would be PKR100 per day.
·  Loss of library materials would be charged five times the current price.
·  PKR100 will be fined of library user who is found Using mobile, doing Discussions,     Chatting,   Running, eating, drinking, sleeping etc. The fine will be doubled if one found guilty again.

Library Help Desk:

For any query, suggestion and problem, please contact the Library Help Desk or any library staff member. For specific queries & questions please contact 

Naveed Siddique
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Resource Sharing, Networking and Consortium: Challenges, Prospects and Way Forward

Resource Sharing, Networking and Consortium

Challenges, Opportunities and Way Forward

There is not a single library exist in this world which fulfill all the requirements of their readers. Regardless of the budget, practically it’s not possible to meet every reader’s need. Specifically academic institutes, where libraries have to take care of their readers' needs as well as subjects studied in those institutes. In the world of information, libraries have not the potential to purchase all published books on all subjects. Due to limited budget and some other issues, libraries only focus on some important subjects that cover their needs. Still they do their best to fulfill the needs of readers and guide them in best way with limited resources.


On the issue of resource sharing in libraries, efforts by Dr. Muhammad Tariq (In-Charge Library) Library Information Services, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus collaborate with Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Center (PASTIC) and successfully organized one day National Seminar entitled "Resource Sharing, Networking and Consortium: Challenges, Prospects and Way Forward". This seminar was held on June 28, 2018 at COMSATS University Islamabad Lahore Campus. In which a large number of people associated with this sector participated in the entire pyramid.

For Overcome this issue, the best solution is “Resource Sharing” on “give and take rule” to give best facilities to their readers. Libraries have to share their some resources with others and vice versa. Formally Resource sharing is not in practice in developing countries like Pakistan. Some librarians informally access their resources using their own personal relationships and give to others to fulfill the needs of readers and vice versa. But Resource sharing is the need of time and best way to serve the society.

The inauguration ceremony was started with recitation. Mr. Nadeem Sohail (Chief Librarian FAST) recited the verses of Holy Quran. After this Dr. Muhammad Tariq gave the introduction of the seminar and highlighted the importance of this subject. Dr. Muhammad Shahid Surya (DG, HEC Punjab) was the guests of the inaugural ceremony. He congratulated Dr. Muhammad Tariq for his extraordinary effort on holding this seminar. He also assured them the corporation of the HEC on to further this relationship and to further improve the environment sector.

Syed Habib Jafri (Principal Librarian PASTIC) presented the PASTIC and reviewed the research and research services provided by the organization.

In this regard, the first lecturer was Abdul Wahid (former Chief Librarian, GCU Lahore) who shared the current efforts of Resource Sharing being done by different institutes, its importance and support and his own personal experience of this subject with the participants. 

Dr. Khalid Mahmood (Chairman, Department of Information Management, PU Lahore) emphasized the need for a resource sharing between academic institutions and explain that in this era of technology, resource sharing is need of time to provide better services to readers. He further highlights the current efforts of Resource Sharing being done by different institutes.

Ashraf Sharif (Assistant Professor, Aga Khan University, Karachi) consortium to be the resource sharing in developed countries and the comparison of networks. Some are stated below:
  • CARLI: Consortium of Academic And Research Libraries Of Illinois
  • NEGS: Network of Education Online System
  • OCLC: Online Computer Library Center
  • AKULN: Agha Khan University Library Networks
     Agra Khan University is an institution in Pakistan that has a consortium of its librarians and you can get and use all of the content from any library from its network.

Bushra Almas Jaswal (Chief Librarian, FCC Lahore) has explained the challenges involved in the consortium and networking and highlights some solutions to deal with them. She explained to the libraries that she considered herself is a biggest challenged person, so she needs to take practical steps in this regard.

Dr. Kanwal Amin (Professor, PU Lahore) has shared her research to be one on the same theme in her lecture to explain that often librarians are afraid to share their resource as; they lost their books, the other are not able to share the recycling in exchange for resources. Librarians face obstacles from some management of the organization. Some time they are facing budget problems etc. However, the importance and significance of this subject, in any case, cannot be denied, and all of them need to take practical steps.

Dr. Muhammad Tariq further emphasized the need for a full-fledged participation in all practical activities in this regard. And furthermore, he expressed the desire to set up a group, which will include all the members, present in the event and provide guidance to each other in any case. Most of the people present in the ceremony assured the share of their resources. Dr Muhammad Tariq offered to provide any kind of training to participants in this regard so that the libraries should be aware of every skill to deal with unusual situations.

Dr. Salman Bin Naeem (Assistant Professor - IUB) has briefly discussed the role of professional associations to provide awareness about resource sharing amoung librarians.

Dr. Qaisar Abbas (Director, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus) appreciated the efforts of Dr. Muhammad Tariq and briefed participants about the services which are offered by the organization and thanked all the participants for participating in this seminar. He added that CUI Lahore Campus is always ready to share and collaborate with all libraries for the sake of quality enhancement.

Dr. Muhammad Akram Sheikh (DG PASTIC) welcomed Dr. Muhammad Tariq and his team of organizers of the COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus and congratulated them to hold a successful seminar. He thanked all the participants and further he ensured, PASTIC will organize guidance-related seminars and workshops full of knowledge.

All resource persons were honored with shields and all the participants were given certificates. The refrigeration was also arranged for all participants.
These type of seminars and workshops are required for sector development. It is also important for all people connected to this sector to become part of the practical steps to guide their colleagues as far as possible and their resources accessible to other people so that they can serve as a result of nation and society.

 Pictures of the Event:
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Dr Qaisar Abbas giving shield to DG PASTIC

Dr. Ahmad Faroqui addressing the participants
Dr. Qaisar receiving his shield from DG PASTIC

Dr. Shahid Soroya (DH-PHEC) Dr Ahmad Farouqui (Director A&R)

Dr. Shahid Soroya addressing in inagural session

Group photo of the participants

LtoR-Habib Jaffri, Dr Muhammad Tariq, Shahid Soroya, Fr Farouqui, Ashraf Shrif

Ms Tooba receiving her shield from Director CUI Lahore




Sohail Riaz, Asif Bilal, Dr. Muhamamd Tariq, Shahid Soroya

Sohail Riaz receivind his shield from Director CUI Lahore