Jumbo Editorial Team
Over 30 library professionals from the different parts of the country attended training on Free & Open Source Integrated Library Systems (ILS) which was spread over three days. It was held at the Institute of Cost and Management Accountant (ICMAP) Campus in Sector H-9 of Islamabad.
The event was organized by LISolutions with the collaboration of ICMAP, the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and Digital Library Network of South Asia (DLNetSA).
It was a National Training on Koha 3.x.x, Greenstone Digital Library and DSpace and its inaugural ceremony was addressed by Sardar Shahjehan Yousuf, Minister of State for Ministry of Professional & Technical Training.
The Minister appreciated the efforts of LISolutions and ICMA for organizing such professionals training and he also recognized the participants coming from around the country to learn the modern cutting edge technologies.
He offered his ministry’s full support for future joint-venture trainings in all areas of professional development. The inaugural session was presided over by Aftab Ahmed Khan, Regional Director, ICMAP. Shafiq Rana spoke about LISolutions and its role in the promotion of Free and Open Source Software in country.
Ata-ur-Rahman, Lead Trainer, introduced his plan, its objectives and methods which are being adopted for effective learning of Free and Open Source ILS. Zahid Iqbal, Shafiq Rana and Arsalan Farooq were the other members of the training team.
The topics of Koha ILS covered in the training included Introduction to ILS, Patrons Management, OPAC, Introduction to MARC, Cataloging Module, Serials Module, Circulation Module, Acquisition/Budget/Funds, Reports Module, Tools Module, Backup, Cron Jobs, Customization, Zebra Server Management, Introduction to GSDL and Introduction to DSpace.
The participants were generally satisfied with the proceedings of the outcome and Huma Waseem Malik, a young and promising library professional based in Islamabad, revealed having learnt a lot from the three days of training sessions.
LISolutions is a registered, voluntary organization constituted by the LIS and Computer Professionals to work for the capacity building of professionals.
It organizes trainings, seminars and workshops on cutting edge technologies and international standard practices. It also provides services in the technologies/sectors of Deployment of Free and Open Source Software.
LISolutions offers membership in three categories of membership. The Professional Membership is available to the LIS professionals having at least Masters degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Science who can also apply for Life Membership while the Student Membership is open to those studying Library and Information Science