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... No library was using in-house developed software (Vasishta, 2008). Mahmood (1993) stated features of Micro CDS/ISIS Version 3.0. He described 30 reasons to use Micro CDS/ISIS software in the libraries of developing countries (Mahmood, 1997). ...
This study has investigated the status of hardware, software, networking and IT support available in university libraries of Pakistan. Survey method of research was employed to collect the data through a questionnaire survey. Fifty two out of 82 chief librarians/head librarians of central libraries of the public and private universities responded. The study concluded that except few, a vast majority the university libraries have computers and other peripherals; use of ‘free and open sources’ software increase in the university libraries; only few university libraries implement standard integrated library software, while the use of in-house developed library software is common; most of university libraries use ‘Internet Explorer’ as their search engine; fixed line telephone facility is available in most of the university libraries, while ‘fax’ is available in some of the university libraries; a vast majority of the university libraries have local area network (LAN), whereas wireless network is available in some of the university libraries; a vast majority of the university libraries receive IT support from their university’s IT Center/Computer Center, while some have their in-house support.
... d information retrieval. According to Khalid (1995c), this software was not popular among Pakistani libraries and was thus discontinued. Foreign software used includes dBase, Foxpro, INMAGIC and CDS/ISIS. Examples of local software are KITABDAR and LAMP. Naqvi (1993) describes the features of CDS/ISIS and gives a sample application of the software. Khalid (1993) discusses the new features of CDS/ISIS which have been introduced in Version 3.0, a LAN version. Khalid (1995b) states 29 reasons for using CDS/ISIS in Pakistani libraries. Hanif (1993) compares CDS/ISIS with INMAGIC in features such as specifications, indexing, deferred indexing options for maintenance, input/output, data validation, s ...
Computer technology in libraries has revolutionised the concept of rapid and accurate information services. In Pakistan, though, computer technology is new and is being successfully introduced in all types of libraries and information centres. This article reviews the literature on the use of computers in Pakistan’s libraries. The literature includes monographs, journal articles, reports, etc. published inside and outside Pakistan, discussing information technology, specific library applications, the activities of individual libraries and automation education. The need for library automation and the problems faced by Pakistani professionals in this respect are also discussed.
This paper presents bio-bibliometric analysis of the contributions of Dr. Khalid Mahmood in the field of Library and Information Science through his publications. The analysis includes geographical and year wise distribution of publications; collaboration for publication; publications by type; language and journal preferences for the publication; and coverage of different subject areas. Results of the study indicate that Dr. Khalid Mahmood is a prolific writer in the field of library and information science. He contributed 115 items including 99 articles, six books, eight conference papers and two papers in newsletters till December 31, 2011. Research work by Dr. Khalid Mahmood is well accepted in developed countries like United Kingdom and United States of America. He used English language to disseminate majority of his research work. He believes in teamwork and about two third of his research work was result of collaboration.
Micro CDS/ISIS, free software developed by UNESCO, is widely being used through out the world for handling and control of bibliographic records. In Pakistan, this is the only software which is mostly being used in libraries and information centres. This paper reports a survey on the status of the use of CDS/ISIS in Pakistan. Use of the software was started in Pakistan in 1988. Cataloguing of books and indexing of periodicals are the major areas of use. Users' opinions about various features of the software are given. Problems faced by the users in using CDS/ISIS are also discussed. Micro version of the UNESCO-developed software package CDS/ISIS was released in 1985. Since that time it has been widely used through out the world. The number of licensed users increased from 3,000 in 1988 to 15,000 at the end of 1994 (1, p.10). The software is available, for non-profit organizations, free of cost direct from UNESCO, Paris or 100+ regional and national distributors. Mentioning the aims of the package Hopkinson (2) says UNESCO's intention in developing CDS/ISIS was to benefit developing countries in which library and information services had no easy and affordable access to software. Additionally, consonant with the aims of PGI, the division of UNESCO at which the package is now maintained, it promotes the exchange of information between different sectors in countries that may be at varying levels of development. From the introduction of the microcomputer version, it has been seen as a tool to use alongside exchange formats (p.76).