Monday, December 18, 2023

seminar titled "We and Our Environment"

In continuation of the "Awareness Campaign" by the Danish Society of Library Information Services, CUI Lahore, a seminar titled "We and Our Environment" was held on December 14, 2023. Prof. Syed Dr. Asad Hussain was the chief guest and Jawad Ahmad, Chairman Barabri Party, Singer, and Musician was the guest of honor. A good number of faculty and students participated in the seminar. The speakers highlighted the individual positive role in the sustainable environment. In the end, the certificates were distributed among all organizers and the winners of the drawing competition. The chief guest presented the shied to the guest of honor.


The Danish Society of Library Information Services organized an "Green COMSATS" awareness campaign. Different events like the Drawing competition, "Honor the Horticulturists' and a plantation drive were organized during December 11-14, 2023. In the seminar "Honor the Horticulturists", Dr. Musferah Mahfooz, HoD Humanities Department was the chief guest and Mr. Ashfiq Ali, the most senior mali of COMSATS was the guest of honor. The certificates were distributed among all the staff of the horticulture section of COMSATS. At the end of the seminar, the plantation derive was held by the COMSATS students.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

MoU between COMSATS University Lahore Campus and BNU

Beaconhouse National University Library and Comsat University Islamabad Lahore Campus Library signed MOU on 5th October 2023 to strengthen research, library services, and to promote the reading and research culture between the two institutions through: · Sharing of library materials. · Research collaboration. · Sharing professional expertise in Library Science. · Conducting workshops/seminars in mutually agreed areas. · Other areas of mutual interest. MoU Ceremony was attended by the following respected members: - Attendees on behalf of COMSATS University Islamabad Lahore Campus Prof. Dr. Muhammad Asif. Convener Library Affairs Committee Ms. Fatima Usman. Assistant Librarian Attendees on behalf of BNU Rana Faizan Ali. HOD, School of Media & Mass Communication Mr. Zafar Iqbal. Associate Librarian Ms Zaitoon Umar Hayat. Associate Librarian Mr. Awais Nawaz. Assistant Librarian MoU was signed by the following respected members: - Signatories on behalf of COMSATS University Islamabad Lahore Dr. Rashid Ahmad Khan. Additional Registrar Dr. Muhammad Tariq. In-charge, Library Information Services Signatories on behalf of BNU Mr. Zaeem Yaqoob Khan. Executive Director for Student Affairs & External Relations Mr. Sheikh M. Aamir. Librarian / Head Library Here are some clicks of the Ceremony.

Games @ CUI Lahore Library

Library Information Services CUI-Lahore organized in-house games/ activities during the student week 2023. The Library organized different events including Cricket Match, Movie Show, Musical Chair, Target Point & Ludo competitions. All library staff actively participated and tried to grab the higher position. After an interesting competition, the name of the position holders are as under. For the cricket match, there were two teams, one was leading Dr. Tariq and the other was Muhammad Ishtaiq sb. All library staff including femaile staff were played the match. The team of Muhammad Ishtiaq sb have won the match. Target Point Competition • Ist Position Mr. Muhammad Saeed (UDC) • 2nd Position Dr. Muhammad Tariq (Incharge Library) Musical Chair Competition • 1st Position Mr. Muhammad Saeed (UDC) • 2nd Position Mr. Naveed Siddique(Assistant Librarian) Ludo Completion • Ist Position Dr. Muhammad Tariq (Incharge Library) • 2nd Position Mr. Jahanzaib Imtiaz (Assistant) At the end, the prize distribution was held and the prize were given to all winners.

Monday, October 31, 2022

New Library Website

Library Information Services CUI Lahore pleased to share that the new library website has been developed. This website has new trends and features which make the site more attractive and user-friendly. This site can also be accessed through other devices like phones, tablets, etc. You can access the site through the below link: This library site has the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of library resources, and information about all digital resources and services. This site will also provide you with information about our departmental libraries. The pages for Repository, Digital Library, and LibraryGUides are also available on the site. Help and online chat are also important features of this site. Mr. Mansoor Sheraz, software engineer is the man who dedicatedly works for this site and converts our ideas into webpages. These types of people are the real assets of COMSATS. Well done Mansoor sb and please accept our lot of appreciation. Thanks to Naeem Akhtar sb, Sr. Manager-IT for his guidance and support. Our library staff including, Ms. Nasira Munir, Naveed Siddique, and Muhammad Ishtiaq sb for their technical and professional support. Your feedback will definitely help us to improve the quality.

MOU Signing Ceremony between CUI Lahore & UMT Libraries

Library Information Services CUI Lahore aims to provide opportunities to its students and faculty to access latest literary and research-oriented resources. In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between Library information services CUI Lahore and UMT Lahore Library. The purpose of this MoU was to strengthen research, library services and promote a reading culture among library users of both institutions. From COMSATS side, the MoU was signed by Dr. Rashid A. Khan, Additional Registrar, CUI Lahore, and Dr. Muhammad Tariq, Library Incharge. From UMT side, Mr. Khalid Naqvi, Director office of corporate Linkages and placement- OCLP UMT Lahore and Mr. Zaheer Ahmad, Director Libraries signed the MoU. This MoU will definitely create strategic alliance and seamless linkages among both libraries to cooperate in areas of: 1. Sharing Library Materials. 2. Research collaboration 3. Sharing professional expertise in library science 4. Conducting workshops/ seminars in mutually agreed areas The ceremony was graced by the following officers: Dr. Muhammad Tariq, Library Incharge, CUI Lahore. Mr. Zaheer Ahmad, Chief Library officer, UMT Lahore, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Asif, Convener Library Information Services CUI Lahore, and Ms. Nasira Munir, Assistant Librarian. At the end of the ceremony, the shield was presented to the officials of COMSATS university. Later on, the COMSATS delegation met with Rector, UMT and he congratulated both parties for this wonderful professional venture. Finally, the delegates visited the UMT library which is in the renovation phase. The COMSATS delegates thanked Mr. Zaheer for the wonder arrangement of the ceremony and his hospitality.

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Understanding Digital Rights Management 5: Lessons Learned from DRM

In the words of Bruce Schneier, “[DRM] is an impossible task”1 and “trying to make digital files uncopiable is like trying to make water not wet.”2 Since the advent of the Internet and digital file sharing, many lessons have been learned, and various media industries, not just publishing, have witnessed the adverse effects of DRM. These have been the key takeaways for publishers and libraries: • There is no DRM scheme that cannot be hacked. According to the available literature on the subject, DRM can always be hacked.3 • More DRM can lead to fewer (not more) readers. This is particularly true for self-published authors or those trying to break into publishing, whose primary goal is to expose their work to as many as readers as possible before they can afford the luxury of making a living as a published author and being in a position to enforce strict DRM measures (as has been the case with J. K. Rowling, as discussed in chapters 1 and 3). • There is no DRM technology that can eliminate piracy. Those who choose to break the law by engaging in illegal downloading will do so even if the content is free already.4 Piracy is more rampant two decades into the twenty-first century than ever before. • The current generation of digital media consumers has always had access to free content and does not want to pay for it. “Retailers are trying to sell content to a consumer base that is not in the habit of paying for digital media and does not necessarily equate digital piracy with theft.”5 New generations of readers are more likely to view DRM as an obstacle that will move them away from the desire to consume content in the first place. (The Library Journal survey mentioned in chapter 4 confirmed this for college students in the United States.6) • The most sensible way to move forward with DRM for publishers, authors, and libraries is to strike a balance between security, utility, and accessibility.7 Indeed, piracy can become less attractive “not through restrictive DRM, but through features and benefits that cannot be found on P2P [peer-to-peer] sites.”8 It remains to be seen what the future holds for digital content and DRM. More investigation is needed into the impact of DRM-free books, as well as those with light DRM. Likewise, more investigation is needed into the impact of e-books available through libraries. A simple Google Scholar search for “digital rights management and e-books” and “piracy and e-books” yields very few articles, and those that pop up were published in the first decade of the twenty-first century, not the second. Those articles that are available rarely, if at all, discuss piracy in the context of libraries. (The references in this paper reflect that as well.) As of fall 2019, the author of this paper could not locate a single study tracking the effect of free e-books available through libraries on the sales of those books in local or online bookstores. Without such knowledge, claims made by publishers like Macmillan about the cannibalization of sales remain unjustified. Perhaps the most logical way to proceed is to take clues from the lessons learned thus far, and those lessons point to the desirability of less DRM and more flexibility for users. They also point to libraries as being uniquely positioned to tackle the problem of digital piracy by competing with pirate sites. Library platforms give users what pirate sites do not: online safety, no advertising that distracts from reading and research, no vulnerability to virus attacks, and a higher quality of digital files. That said, the book industry cannot overlook the obvious problem of free content. “Free content is a popular solution to the DRM problem. Yet free information removes the monetary incentive for creating content, relying entirely on enhanced reputation for the creator’s reward.”9 Indeed, in order to continue creating and publishing high-quality content, authors and publishers will need assurance moving forward that they will be able to receive just compensation. This leads to the conclusion: there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the conundrum that is DRM and digital piracy, but there are many sensible solutions that together give the book and library industry more clarity as to what works and what doesn’t. We can all agree that too much of anything backfires, even when it comes to protecting copyrighted materials. ————————– Additional Resources Hauser, Tobias, and Christian Wenz. “DRM Under Attack: Weaknesses in Existing Systems.” In Digital Rights Management, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 2770. Edited by Eberhard Becker, Willms Buhse, Dirk G├╝nnewig, and Niels Rump, 206–23. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2003. Kotobee. “Ebook DRM and Security: What Is It and How It Works.” Kotobee (blog), January 17, 2017. Ku, William, and Chi-Hung Chi. “Survey on the Technological Aspects of Digital Rights Management.” In Information Security: 7th International Conference, ISC 2004, Palo Alto, CA, USA, September 27–29, 2004: Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 3225. Edited by Kan Zhang and Yuliang Zheng, 391–403. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2004. Minow, Mary. “Library Patron Internet Records and Freedom of Information Laws.” California Libraries, April 4, 1999: 8–9. Notes 1. Bruce Schneier, “The Futility of Digital Copy Prevention,” Crypto-Gram (newsletter), May 15, 2001, 2. Bruce Schneier, “Quickest Patch Ever,” Wired, September 7, 2006, 3. See, for example, Ed Felten, “Why Unbreakable Codes Don’t Make Unbreakable DRM,” Freedom to Tinker (blog), December 3, 2002, 4. Priti Trivedi, “Writing the Wrong: What the E-book Industry Can Learn from Digital Music’s Mistakes With DRM,” Journal of Law and Policy 18, no. 2 (2010), article 10, 5. Trivedi, “Writing the Wrong,” 956. 6. Mirela Roncevic, “The Long and Winding Road to DRM-Free E-books in Academic Libraries,” in No Shelf Required 3: New Era for E-books and Digital Content, ed. Mirela Roncevic and Peyton Stafford(Chicago: ALA Editions, forthcoming). 7. Kurt Schiller, “A Happy Medium: Ebooks, Licensing, and DRM,” Information Today 27, no. 2 (February 2010), 8. Trivedi, “Writing the Wrong,” 965. 9. L. Jean Camp, “First Principles of Copyright for DRM Design,” Internet Computing, IEEE 7, no. 3 (May–June 2003): 64,