A one day training workshop for librarians on advanced searching and citation management using Mendeley software was held here at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
The workshop organized in collaboration with Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization was attended by large number of librarians attached with various public sector organizations, universities, NGO’s and corporate sector.
In his opening remarks, Ahmed Salim, Senior Adviser, SDPI expressed that we should keep our knowledge updated to compete with the world, adding that knowledge can be built by consulting literature and effective use of libraries.
Adding to this point, Tassawar Hussain, President, Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization said that unfortunately, much of historical literature has been lost in the country primarily due to lack of proper management of libraries in Pakistan. He recommended proper trainings for library staff so that they can better maintain data according to requirement of researchers and field staff.
Saira Hanif, Lecturer at University of Sargodha delivered her talk on citation management using Mendeley software. She briefed participants on various techniques of citation management using Mendeley software. After presentation, she also conducted a mock session to resolve different questions raised by participants.
Muhammad Farooq, Director ISD, Riphah International University discussed advance searching techniques whereas Zaheer Ahmad, Secretary, PLWO, highlighted the role of professional body in meeting their overall research objectives.
In his concluding remarks, Raja Muhammad Hanif, Chief Librarian, COMSATS University Islamabad emphasized on the need to equip researchers with advanced software’s to excel in the field of research and development. He was of the view that training programmes for librarians are important because well trained librarians can facilitate researcher according to the research demand. He also urged librarians to get involved in the research to bring efficiency in their work.