The National Center for Rural Development Government of Pakistan (NCRD) organized a 05 days training workshop on KOHA from 20 to 24 November 2017 at the main Lecture Hall Chak Shehzad Islamabad. There were 14 sessions in totality and each session lasted for 90 minutes. The topic of the workshop was “Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Library Management”. Library and IT professionals from across the country (Islamabad, Rawalpindi, KP, Baluchistan, Punjab, and Sindh province) attended the workshop.
Mr. Hameed Ullah Khatak, Librarian, NCRD was the coordinator of the workshop. Mr. Sher Afzal Chief Librarian Air University Islamabad was the resource person of the training. He delivered 14 lectures on “Koha Integrated Library Management System”. The Objective of the workshop was to equip the librarians with the practical skills to use Koha ILMS in the management system of libraries.
Mr Sher Afzal Khan is a key resource person for Koha and DSpace in Pakistan and organized 80 workshops in Pakistan. He is also the approved trainer of Higher Education Commission Pakistan on Open Source Software and pioneer country Ambassador for Pakistan. He successfully implanted Koha and Dspace in 30 plus organization/Universities within Pakistan. He is also running the official blogs and Facebook page and provides free assistance and gaudiness to Koha and DSpace users in Pakistan as well as globally. The link of the blogs and Facebook page are as follows:
- The Link of Official Blogs of Koha and Dspace Pakistan
- The link of Facebook page for Koha and Dspace Pakistan
All the participants showed composed mind and expressed their excitement during the whole workshop. They actively took part in all sessions and tried their best to learn the management software offered in the workshop.