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FROM THE EDITORS DESK: DONT LET IT FALL

Patron in Chief
Muhammad Shahid Soroya

Chief Editor
Muhammad Ashraf Shakoori

Editorial team
Muhammad Naushad Ghazanfar Sabzwari
Dr. Muhammad Rafiq
Syed Adnan Adil
Waris Ali Arslan
Yasin Malik
Ammara Yousaf
Sadaf Rafiq

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
From the Editors Desk 1
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The Rise of Fluffy Computing and Libraries 4
Being the First Information Commons Librarian of Pakistan 5
Stature of Dr. Khalid among Colleagues 8
News Corner 9
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A Message from Treasure PULISAA 10
PUNJAB UNIVERSITY LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS QUARTERLY
NEWSLETTER ISSN: 2O79-4037
July September 2013 Volume 04, Issue 03
INFO@PULISAA
Are you a member of PULISAA? I asked a fresh graduate of DLIS PU. His reply was, No, what is
PULISAA? I have heard this name first time. On the other hand, a senior professional and life member of
PULSAA, working in a prestigious organization was not ready to accept the existence of PULISAA. He was still
living in the era of old PULSAA and could not believe that PULSAA had been revived and renamed. Do these
two little incidents not reflect our devotion and sincerity towards our alumni association as a community at
large? Alas, how much we are far away from the concept of collective interest.

Associations are the asset of any profession and they carry a broader and greater purpose of nation-
al interest. But, unfortunately, people join these bodies with meager personal concerns. These authority seek-
ing persons need these associations for photo session, strength of CV and delusive fame. Theses indivduals
never think that an association needs volunteer approach of sacrificing ones time and money. They take oath
in the presence of dozens individuals and then forget what they promise. On the contrary, professional col-
leagues are not ready to get memberships because they think associations are not worth paying for them. The
question is that if they are not even willing to get Rs. 200s membership fee, why are they expecting benefits
from these associations. They dont want to think that people working for them are not paid for their services.
They are only supposed to sacrifice their family time and sometimes their money too. Folks, we need to recon-
sider our attitudes towards our associations. We will have to be more positive to save them from fall.

We dedicate this issue to our worthy teacher, Dr. Khalid Mahmood who has left Pakistan to join
Damam University as . Info@PULISAA conducted Best Author Awards 2013 competition in the last quarter.
The two winning articles are being included in this issue. We hope that professionals will like our efforts.

Take good care of yourself and remember us in your prayers. Advance Eid Mubarak from Info@PULISAA
to you and your families. See you in next quarter!

Email your writings and contributions at:
info.pulisaa@gmail.com
Www.pulisaa.org.pk
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The emerging trends of technology have become the part of our discussions and debates not only
in profit oriented organizations but also in nonprofit organizations like librarianship. All these emerging tech-
nologies have a great impact on all professions of life, this information and technological revolution has
changed the working patterns and services models of the libraries around the world. This technology revolu-
tion has brought paradigm shift in libraries form brick to bytes, this also has changed the attitude of library
patrons now. Library users are more tech savvy they expect efficient and effective services.
Cloud computing (CC) is also an emerging technological trend not only in Pakistan but also around
the world. It is gaining popularity for the provision of better services among different professions. In many
countries, various libraries and library consortiums are rapidly adopting CC for better services.
According to Pew Internet Trust Fluffy (Cloud Computing) is a phrase that is being used today to describe the act of
sharing, accessing and storing data, applications and computer power in cyber space.National institute of standards and technol-
ogy (NIST) defines as A model for enabling configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications and
services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or services provider interaction.
Basically cloud computing (CC) has five essential characteristics which can be divided as three services models as
SaaS , PaaS and IaaS and two major access types of cloud computing such as public cloud and private cloud that can be further
typed as community cloud and hybrid cloud.
SaaS stands for (Software as a service). In SaaS environment user use an application via hosted services or access it
through the web browsers. In this service model the userS of specific application cannot access its underlying infrastructure (such
as network or server elements) or are not responsible for managing the under-
lying software. For libraries understand- ing the relevant example of SaaS can be
the subscription of electronics journals databases. All those libraries who have
subscription services of these databases know that they can use them only on
service level. Their access rights dont allow making any kind of changes
PaaS (Platform as a services) services model of cloud computing is an
existing software platform. In PaaS mod- el, the consumer of this model can build
web application without installing any tool on their own computer and have
maximum changing capabilities by the services provider or can handle it without
any kind of specialized system admin- istration skills.
IaaS(Infrastructure as a ser- vice) can refer to accessing servers,
storage and other hardware housed in data center. The consumer of this service
cannot manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure but responsible for
maintaining operating systems and can do installing and monitoring operating systems and possibly limited control on selected
network component. IaaS as a service is sometime referred to as Hardware as a Service. (Haas).
The vendors hosted ILS(Integrated Library Systems) are typical examples of Iaas service. Regardless of the service
models the other two major accessed based types including public cloud and private cloud. Public cloud that can be accessed by
any subscriber with an internet connection or having access to that cloud space. Private cloud type can be defined as a special-
ized cloud that is established for a specific group. Some organizations demand limited access rights for some groups. This cloud
can act like an institutional repository for any specific organization.
Around the globe, libraries are using this kind of service models consciously or unconsciously for over a decade In the
form of service models like online scholarly database, large union catalogs. The common use of this kind of services by librarians
and library user can be seen as the usage of different E-mail services such as Gmail, yahoo etc data sharing applications as
Google drive & drop box and web2 tools. All these are example of SaaS service model. In this challenging environment, libraries
can adopt this technology for the use and awareness of better and efficient services they can also adopt fluffy/cloud computing
solutions of ILS (Integrated library systems) offered or develop by different commercial vendors keeping in view their own size
and needs of the library. Libserra(cloud platform for libraries) http://www.libserra.com/is an innovative commercial technology
company that offers a unique cloud based ILS management tools for libraries. Sirisdynix technologies cloud http://
www.sirsidynix.com/also offer comprehensible hosting services that provide end to end managed care for different types and
size of libraries. They offer different level of solutions such as for public libraries, for consortium etc. sirisdynix technologies also
offers ILS symphony for libraries.
If libraries in Pakistan also choose these Cloud ILS solutions they can also get number of benefits such as after the
implementation of ILS in libraries it may help to reduce the huge cost of IT networked infrastructure. It can also offer opportunity of
collaboration consortiums among the same needs of libraries. The feature of on demand storage can also become a facility for
libraries which they can opt any time for the implementation of new service in library. This mode of technology can also be cost
effective for libraries because some SaaS Services are free of charge, while other infrastructure services such as IaaS are billed
by the resources used. By implementing of cloud services modes in libraries it can also enhance librarians technical and admin-
istrations skills that will perk up their career.
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The Rise of Fluffy Computing &
Libraries
Amna Farzand Ali
Librarian
University of Central Punjab, Lahore
(First Prize Winner of Best Author Award of
Info@PULISAA 2013)
Amna Farzand Ali
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Abstract
The purpose of this article is to introduce Pakistans first Information Commons (IC) and its
services to the library professionals of the country. The article explains the personal experience of the
author and the challenges faced for service delivery in unprecedented environment and explaining the
IC concepts so that other professionals can excerpt a guideline for the future if interested in establishing
a similar or better information commons.
Introduction
The library of the future, Information Commons (IC), is a totally new and an emerging Library
& Information Science concept, a great diversion from bricks to clicks. It has always been the fear that libraries being the physi-
cal space are not sufficient enough to accommodate the increasing volume of information within its four walled boundary. The
shift to cyber space has to take place because of its two significant features (a) Widened access (b) More storage. And we as a
21
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century society have to evolve and redefine the existence of library in both physical and online world.
What is Information Commons?

Beagle (as cited in S. Donkai et al. 2011).defined an Information Commons as A cluster of networked access points
and associated tools situated in the context of physical, digital, human, and social resources organized in support of learning.
Wan and Yiu, 2007 (as cited in Wong, Gabrielle. K.W. 2009) stated its one-stop shop concept allows users to find information and
produce their knowledge products at the same place. Hence IC is such a space to access the resources online.

First Impact with the Job

Forman Christian Colleges, Information Commons is the first, of its kind to be introduced in Pakistan. The credit goes
to the respected lady who has always been a step ahead in introducing new verges and horizons particularly to this field with her
deep rational approach in delivering the innovative concepts in Pakistan, one of the pioneers of the field Madam Bushra Almas
Jaswal. She rightly sensed the need of the hour and pioneered this challenging task up to its completion.

First impact with my job was quite challenging and full of excitement. Reference Service & Information Literacy has
always been my areas of interest. Applying for this job gave me a platform to practice the best of my knowledge and skills in the
field.

Challenges faced

It always feels good to be surrounded by latest technology and gadg-
ets and Hi-tech stuff as if you are a step ahead and so was my feeling when I be-
came an information commons librarian at a state of the art facility in the FCCU.
New concept, new ideas, new job al- ways give a tough time to a beginner. The
Job Specifications were the first tool to get familiar with my job role & description.
The concept was new for the students, faculty and researchers of the institution
so the biggest challenge for me was to create awareness & culture among the
users of FCCU. For this purpose I start- ed off with taking Orientation sessions to
make the users aware about the ser- vices being catered at IC. These orienta-
tion sessions are a part of an effective Information Literacy Program. A set of
certain rules and policies were defined to make the environment a bit more orga-
nized and well-maintained. A highly conducive and comfortable environment has been provided at the facility to optimize the utili-
zation. To make the environment more user friendly, I made use of Signage Policy. We strongly believe in Do talking without
talking to make the IC environment more conducive to research. I deigned attractive and nicely decorated signs to display gen-
eral rules and instructions.

Customer Service Training sessions added a lot to the professional development of IC staff. The idea is to facilitate the
user with both Intellectual and Technical issues they face while working in IC.I trained my IC staff i-e.IT assistant and Student
helpers regarding customer services, carrying out the routine tasks and maintenance of equipments health and condition. Sched-
ules and daily task sheets were planned to streamline the procedures. Day to day duties was assigned. Weekly Training sessions
were conducted with IC staff to be proficient with the use of system software, on spot trouble shooting etc.

To render my on spot help services as IC librarian, I had to develop various kinds of research and reference tools such
as Citation & subject guides, online free tools, resource websites, e-resources, databases etc. I did an extensive study on this
purpose. Developing a blog for IC was another major milestone in my challenges. It took a lot of effort to design a blog for IC and
getting to know about HTML language. A cooperative Library staff was indeed a blessing for me in this regard. Meanwhile I kept
on polishing my Communication skills as it is an important element of customer services.
Continued on page 10
Mehreen Tahir
Being the first Information
Commons Librarian of Pakistan
Mehreen Tahir
Information Commons Librarian
Forman Christian College University, Lahore
(Second Prize Winner of Best Author Award
of Info@PULISAA 2013)
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Stature of Dr. Khalid among Colleagues: A Bunch of
Comments
IRAM ZAKIR, Librarian, PU Main Library, says:
Just like flowers spread their fragrance wherever they are kept, you are the kind of teacher who spreads knowledge and wis-
dom wherever you go. Good Luck for your future endeavors.
SOHAIL IQBAL AWAN, Librarian, IBA-Punjab Univeristy, Lahore, says:
Really speaking I have no words to explain this personality. He is very Committed, cooperative, sincere, hardworking, creative,
visionary, humble andLove you sir!
ASIF ALTAF, Serials Librarian, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, says:
Living Legend in LIS, excellent and true contribution in almost all areas of library and information science with his worthy arti-
cles and books. Easy teaching method, strong knowledge, and always smiling personality is his unique identity. May ALLAH
always shower HIS countless blessing upon him and his family and always bless him success, joy and happiness in life,
Aameen. We all LIS professionals in KSA warmly welcome you.
MUMTAZ HUSSAIN, Librarian, The Defence Club Lahore, says:
Sir Khalid is a great personality though a man of great learning and an excellent teacher but within him there is a very humble
teacher. It was the era of 2006-2008 when Sir Khalid was the chairman of the department of library and information science,
university of the Punjab and we were his dull and lazy students. It was a great time; we will remember it for times to come. Sir
Khalid is the first who had obtained PhD degree professor of this department, definitely credit goes to him. He is a pioneer and
has opened the doors for new ones. Sir Khalid is a very kind-hearted professor. Sir we, the students of 2006-2008 morning
session, will always remember you in our prayers and in our unforgettable memories. We ardently wish you the best of luck in
days to come, safe, pleasant and successful future ahead. You will live in our memories ever, Sir. .
MUHAMMAD QAMAR UZ ZAMAN, Mandi Bahauddin, says:
Dr. Sb is Great person in LIS profession because of his services in librarianship.
MUHAMMAD TAHIR, Student of MLIS, Punjab University, Lahore, says:
Sir Khalid is a great teacher. I like his method of teaching, personality, way of talking, way of listening and way of answering a
question..... He is my ideal teacher......
NOORUDDIN MERCHANT, Karachi, says:
To me he is one of the icons and legends of LIS profession in Pakistan. LIS profession is at this level due to his tireless efforts,
enthusiasm and ideas. There are very few faculty members in Universities who set an example of lifelong learners, Dr. Khalid is
one of them.
QURAT UL AIN SALEEM, Information Officer, Riphah International University, Lahore Campus, says:
One of the best person I met in my life, not only a good teacher but a perfect insan. He is, too much cooperative & helping,
never show favoritism and simply fabulous, awesome and great. A lot of prayers for sir. May Allah blesses u with many more.
May you live long.
SHUMAILA ASLAM, Lahore, says:
Really it is very difficult to explain this personality in a few words because Sir Khalid is a great teacher. I like one thing in him
that he never show favoritism. He is a sources of motivation for students. He is like a backbone for LIS.
SUMAIRA HUSSAIN, Librarian, U.E. Lahore, says:
William Arthur Ward says, "The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates and the
great teacher inspires" and I think our much respected teacher has all these qualities as a teacher. No doubt he is a great per-
sonality, words cant explain my gratitude for you sir. All the best for your visit to Dammam but we will miss you a lot.
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AWARDS & HONOURS
Prof. Dr. Khalid Mehmood joined University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Kanwal Ameen was selected as a Research Fellow at the Center for Knowledge Communities,
the University of Tsukuba, Japan.
Amna Farzand Ali & Mehreen Tahir were distinguished for the Best Author award of the
Info@PULISAA, 2013' Article competition.
Dr. Muhammad Rafiq joined Department of Library and information science as an Assistant Profes-
sor.
Mr. Khurram Shahzad (Deputy Manager Information Riphah International University Islamabad) Won
early carrier academic award from association of common wealth universities
Mr. Aurang Zeb joined as the Lincoln Corners Coordinator at the U.S. Consulate General in Karachi.
Abdul Waheed, Chief Librarian, Government College Lahore, selected as a member of Content Selection Committee of
World Digital Library (WDL) .
Mr. Abubakar Saddique completed M. Phil from PU under the supervision of Dr. Mumtaz A. Anwar

PROMOTIONS:
Mr. Abdul Majeed was promoted as Chief Librarian of Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan.
Dr. Mirza Muhammad Naseer was promoted as an Assistant Professor in LIS on Tenure Track at the Institute of Space
Technology (IST), Islamabad.
Mr. Tariq Mehmood Tahir Addl. Director Library of National Management College (Ex-Administrative Staff College) was pro-
moted to (BS-19) and Mrs Naeema Naeem Astt. Research Librarian to (BS-18).

CONFERENCE/WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS
Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (Punjab Branch) organized two days workshop on "Marketing Library products
and services On September 26-27, 2013 at Punjab University Main Library, New Campus, Lahore.
Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (Fedral Branch) organized One Day Workshop held in Islamabad on "Advance
Searching Skills and Citation Management by using Mendeley Software on September 14, 2013.
Central Library with collaboration of Department of Library & Information Science, University of Sargodha (UOS) organized
successful one day training on koha on September 5, 2013 at UOS Central Library.
University of Management & technology organized two days workshop on Advanced Quantitative Analysis through SPSS &
AMOS on 13-14 September 2013 at Lahore.
DLIS University of Peshawar organized three day conference on Emerging Trends in LIS as Bara Gali on 5-7 July 2013.
National Workshop on RDA was arranged with the collaboration of NU-FAST, Islamabad on July 03, 2013 at NU-FAST Is-
lamabad.
Dr.Rais Ahmad Samdani Got Best Teacher Award 2013 for AIOU.
Dr. Kanwal Ameen, Chairperson, Department of Library and Information Science, University of the Punjab was appointed as
Chairperson, Doctoral Programme Coordination Committee (DPCC) of PU, Lahore.

PUBLICATIONS
Afaq, N., & Mahmood, K. (2005). Use of LIS journals in developing countries - a comparative study of Malaysia and Paki-
stan. Library Review, 54 (3): 192-199.
Mirza, M. S., & Mahmood, K. (2013). Impact of IT on human resources of Pakistani university libraries. Library Philosophy
and Practice (LPP). http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/938/.
Khurshid, Zahiruddin. "Contributions of Pakistani Authors to Foreign Library and Information Science Journals: An Evaluative
Study." Aslib Proceedings. Vol. 65. No. 4. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013.
Kanwal Ameen & Midrar Ullah (2013) "Challenges of Getting Faculty Status: Perception of University Librarians in Pakistan."
"The International Information & LibraryReview"(IILR).http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/aip/10572317.
Naseer, M. M. (2013) published the book entitled Literature of Library and Information Science (LIS) produced in Pakistan:
1991-2008. Karachi.
News Corner

Sadaf Rafiq
Librarian
CMH Lahore Medical College
Lahore
Sadaf Raq
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Dear PULISAA Members!
Assalam-o-Alaikum!!!
I hope that you will be in best spirit of Life and profession. A primary aim of the PULISAA is to foster better communication and
closer co-operation amongst Librarians and Information Specialists in the World. But more than that, due to the great changes
that have occurred in the world of information during last decade, PULISAA provides an opportunity to learn about new trends in
our Profession. Therefore, it is in the interest of Library Professionals to join PULISAA for better grooming of their professional
personalities.
In the backdrop of aims of PULISAA and the decision of the Executive Council, I offer you membership of PULISAA and request
you to come and join the team of professionals with each other.
At the same time I also request the regular members to renew their membership and motivate others to get registered and be-
come part of the community.
Regular Membership Fee: 200/- per annual
Being Treasurer PULISAA I request all Members of Executive Council PULISAA to join hands with me in this extensive Member-
ship Campaign.

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Layya, Rahim Yar Khan
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Clouds computing also has own drawbacks.Libraries before adopting this solution should keep remain aware that it will lose local con-
trol on data and high concerns of security may rise. Data ownership is also one of the major concern, libraries administrative authori-
ties must have complete knowledge about the access, maintenance and records updating to their data while using these services.
Conclusively, Cloud computing is the inevitable future technology within libraries as it has already impacted the libraries in many ways.
Enthusiastic librarians have always played a part in adopting technologies in the libraries; now they must be prepared for new para-
digm shift and empower themselves to stay ahead of the game once again. . JJJ
References:
Anderson, J., & Rainie, L. (2010). The future of Cloud Computing. Retrieved from:http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/The-
future-of-cloud-computing.aspx
Grance, Timothy & Peter, M. (2011). The NIST definition of Cloud computing: Recommendations the national institute of stand-
ard and technology. Retrieved from: http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=909616
Software as a service and cloud computing: Key considerations for libraries
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considerations-for-libraries




Multidimensional role of an IC Librarian:

Information commons facilities are wide ranging and the staff has to be multi-dimensional (Robert, 2008). Role of a commons librarian
is not just of a reference librarian. Information Commons Librarian may be named as a Blended librarian (McDonald, 2011). It re-
quires a set of skills to carry out the activities of a librarian, a good manager and a facilitator. Being a 3 in one person is no doubt a
difficult thing to handle with. IC is a platform from where the services of a traditional librarian can expand in many directions. Be a re-
source person (well versed in IT management), as a facilitator, be an instructor with good communication skills good communicator
etc. So there are many roles that are supposed to be played as an information commons librarian.

Ewing Library information commons is one of its kinds and author being newly appointed for this role is continuously learning & devel-
oping the practices around this new concept through every day challenges. Our ambition is to take it to the level of Excellence and a
role model for our followers in future.
References
S. Donkai, Toshimori & Mizoue. (2011). Academic libraries as learning spaces in Japan: toward the development of learning com-
mons. The International Information & Library Review, 43, 215-220. doi: 10.1016/j.iilr.2011.10.003
Wong (2009). Piloting an information commons at HKUST Library. Reference Services Review, 37(2), 178-189. doi:
10.1108/00907320910957215
Boyd, Robert. (2008). Staffing the Commons: job analysis in the context of an Information Commons. Library Hi Tech, 26 (2),
232-243. doi: 10.1108/07378830810880333
McDonald, Carrie A. (2011). The Library transformed into a learning commons: a look at the library of the future.
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