PASTIC has been working for strengthening of libraries as well as librarians through capacity building, distribution of WinISIS software and development of Union Catalogue for effective resource sharing among libraries of Pakistan since long. A one day seminar on Consortium of S&T and R&D libraries of Pakistan (CSTRDLP) was held at PASTIC on January 8, 2020. The objective of the seminar was to create awareness among librarian community about the consortium and the tools developed through it. Syed Ghayyur Hussain, Director General, National Library of Pakistan was the chief guest at the occasion. While speaking at the ceremony he appreciated PASTIC efforts towards establishing real national platform for the librarian community for effective resource sharing. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akram Shaikh, Director General PASTIC presented shields to the resource persons. Mr. Nadeem Sohail, Librarian Islamia University, Bahalwpur, Dr. Tariq Najmi, Deputy librarian COMSATS University Lahore, Dr. Midrarullah Librarian NUST, Islamabad and Syed Habib Akhter Jafferi, principal Librarian PASTIC were the resource persons of the workshop. A large number of Library professionals attended this seminar.
PASTIC has established a consortium of S&T and R&D libraries of Pakistan (CSTRDLP) under its PSDP project entitled “Modernization of PASTIC National Science Reference Library for Effective Resource Sharing among S&T libraries in Pakistan”. Two software tools have been developed through this consortium i.e., A Cloud based Koha System named as PakCat (Union online Public Access Catalogue/OPAC) of Books available in Libraries of Pakistan related to Science & Technology and DSpace full text digital repository of indigenous S&T literature. Till now 100 libraries have joined this Library Cloud.
Mr. Nadeem Sohail, Director Professional Skill Development receiving a shield of honor from Director-General PASTIC Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akram Shaikh during Seminar on Consortium of S&T as well as R&D libraries of Pakistan (CSTRDLP) on January 8th, 2020.