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Purpose – The aim of this study is to examine the perception of Library & Information Science (LIS) community about professional training, training agencies and training methodologies. The study provides an analysis of development/enhancement of library practices and its relation with competencies acquired through professional trainings. It also focuses to describe the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of capacity building measures of professional library training as well as to identify loopholes of such trainings in the Pakistan.
Design/methodology/approach – The research design for this study is survey. Data collected through online questionnaire using www.kwiksurvey.com from Pakistani working librarians. Some information was also collected through telephonic interviews from the stakeholders of different organizations/associations actively involved in design, conduct and delivery of in-service professional trainings for librarians in Pakistan.
Findings – The findings of this research study is manifold. This study revealed different training needs of professional librarians; change in the areas of learning domains; impact of skills enhancements over knowledge acquisition in Library & Information Science Professionals (LIPs); The study also revealed other findings such as: lack of LIS training culture in Pakistan; lack of teaching/training skills in librarians; lower impact of training on working environment; lack of opportunities of capacity building measures both for LIS training agencies and trainers in Pakistan; lack of essential components in Activity-based training modules; also a lack of feedback and follow up of the training agency/sponsors; non-availability of financial assistance to the prospective trainees to attend the training; and lack of personal interest in some cases. Suggestions include: methodological change in the contents and structure of training; new design for method of delivery of LIS training; maintenance of close links between training agencies; introduction of continuing education or library trainings segments at the master level studies of LIS; and mentoring plans for Library Trainers.
Originality/value – This paper examine the issues of professional trainers as well as trainees in the field of LIS in Pakistan. The findings are useful for planners of professional LIS training, professional librarians and library science students.