Medical Librarianship in Pakistan
By Midrar Ullah
Mr. Ikram-ul-Haq has worked dedicatedly to collect all the articles, published in national and international journals, on medical librarianship in Pakistan. Furthermore, it is an excellent idea of publishing this collection in a book form. The articles are arranged according to the date of publication. Publications and training of medical librarians are very important in enhancing the standard of health information services and helps in developing an environment of research and original professional achievements. It is a useful reference source for library and informational professionals involved in research and training of medical librarians.
Medical librarianship could not develop as a distinct branch of LIS profession due to inadequate or total lack of education, training and professional development opportunities. Medical libraries also developed slowly in Pakistan. After 2000, many medical colleges were established in both public and private sector. As a result, currently there are more than 130 medical libraries in Pakistan, mostly attached to academic institutions and teaching hospitals. There was also scarcity of literature in the field of medical librarianship. In last decade many LIS schools started research programmes (M. Phil. / Ph.D.). Therefore, LIS professionals enrolled in these programmes conducted researches in this area and also published articles in national and international journals. It is heartening to note that LIS professionals have now lately become conscious of the need of publications which is considered necessary for the development of profession.
It is expected that this book will support the campaign to promote the causes of health information and libraries services. Mr. Ikram-ul-Haq deserves to be highly complemented for his efforts.
I pray to Almighty Allah to grant the strength and wisdom to Mr. Ikram-ul-Haq to achieve greater heights, Ameen.