Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima’s thoughts on World Book Day during Jumbo Publishing’s webinar

Pakistan News & Features Services

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, a former Chairperson of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Karachi, has been hailed as one of the luminaries of the profession having achieved numerous distinctions in her illustrious career. 

She holds the honour of being the first lady lecturer to be appointed in the Library & Information Science department of University of Karachi besides being the first lady to earn the doctorate degree in her field from any university of Pakistan.

She has been one of the pillars of the Library Promotion Bureau (LPB) and she has played the pivotal role in transforming the Bazm-e-Akram into an active literary forum of library scientists.

Prof Dr Nasim Fatima, who has been working tirelessly for the cause of the profession, shared her views on ‘How to make World Book Day count?’ at the webinar organized by Jumbo Publishing to mark the day. Excerpts:

“Jumbo Publishing has lived up to its reputation of being trend-setters by arranging a webinar, the first of its kind to my knowledge in Pakistan, on the subject of World Book and Copyright Day which is so dear to our hearts.” 

“Many organizations are now arranging functions to celebrate the World Book and Copyright Day in Pakistan to highlight the importance of books which is a healthy and positive sign. Every single effort in the right direction has to be appreciated and those doing it must be complimented.” 

‘Jumbo Publishing’s webinar is more significant for the fact that the world is rapidly moving towards e-books, reminding us that we have to come to terms the revolutionary changes having taken place in the publishing world from printed-on-paper text to the virtual world or the digital text.” 

“Book publishing is certainly going through its second birth. The passion for reading is being fuelled by e-books now as people feel more comfortable doing it from the screens of their business phones. The greatest thing is that people still desire to read. The tools have changed but the intensity has not dropped.”


  1. Good to see such kind of awareness activities organized by publishers along with LIS professionals in Pakistan. I really like the message delivered by Prof Dr Nasim Fatima "Every single effort in the right direction has to be appreciated and those doing it must be complimented.”

  2. Department of Library and Information Science, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur celebrated World Book day. Department organized Walk and a workshop for researcher. Dr. Rubina Bhatti Directed the students for Lecture series at school level and students delivered lectures in the schools of Multan and Bahawalpur Division. In Pakistan it is very essential to create awareness about importance of book and development of reading habits at grass root level.