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Introduction

The Department of Information Management, University of the Punjab (PU) Lahore offers high-quality education and research facilities to meet the needs of an emerging information and knowledge society in Pakistan. IM has the services of internationally known, eminent, senior and young faculty comprising PhDs and MPhils along with the visiting faculty with outstanding professional and academic credentials.

The infrastructure has also been developed to cater to the needs of a changing scenario.

We all know that the information and knowledge are no more restricted by the physical book and the physical library while the user does not need to physically move to the library to use his needed information. We live and work in both the real and cyber world. The introduction of computers, the Internet, large-scale digitization of information, development of World-Wide-Web and the resulting access to full-text information located anywhere from anywhere have changed the information behaviour of people.

Responding to all these developments, the nature of this discipline and the profession has changed also. The discipline and the profession have developed systems and tools to meet the needs of both kind of environments, physical and digital. Consequently, the nomenclature of the Department has been changed from ‘Library and Information Science’ to ‘Information Management’ (IM) in 2014 to cater the needs of diverse situations, public and private enterprises and allow a variety of specialization tracks.

As new economies are driven by information and knowledge, our program focuses on the emerging needs of our society. We are committed to producing such information managers/professionals who can identify, evaluate, select, acquire, organize, maintain, and disseminate information without any limitations of form, time, and space. The information and knowledge world has evolved from stone and clay tablets to electronic tablets and we had been responding to every development as professionals. We will keep on evolving.

History

In this discipline, the Department is the oldest seat of learning in Asia established in 1915 by an American Librarian, Asa Don Dickenson, to offer a Certificate in Librarianship. The world’s first textbook on the subject was also published in 1916 by the PU. In the past, the Dept. has gone through the changes in nomenclature from Librarianship to Library Science to Library and Information Science to Information Management. The Certificate course was upgraded to Diploma in 1956 with revised courses and duration, and 2 year Master program started in 1974. The research education program (MPhil and PhD) was introduced in 2005, meeting all HEC requirements. Our program and research contribution is recognized throughout Pakistan as the leading one with unmatched scholarly environment and facilities. From its beginning, the Department has produced thousands of professionals serving throughout Pakistan and abroad.

In the field of Library and Information Science/ Information Management, it is the only Department in Pakistan with the highest number of PhD faculty members and highest number of research publications in International and National well-reputed journals.

The department celebrated 100 years of its existence in 2015 with utmost zeal and jubilation.

Aims and Objectives

Our Vision

Foresee, Create, Grow and Expand the Information Management Field through Research and Development for Human, Social and Economic Benefits of our Society.

Our Mission

To be a leading seat of learning and research in the field of Information Management.

Aim and Goals of the Program

Our aim is to provide a student-centred, high-quality teaching and learning environment that enriches intellectual, personal and professional development of students and prepare them as competent IM professionals to become an asset for the society and their employers. These goals are achieved by offering high-quality education and research programs.

Achievements

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Strengthen the faculty by appointing PhD faculty members and number has reached to 09 Ph.Ds.

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To promote research culture, the number of research students has been increased for M.Phil. from 10 to 20 and for PhD from 10 to 15.

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To meet the current developments in the market, the nomenclature of the Department has been changed from the Department of Library and Information Science to the Department of Information Management.

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Curricula has been revised three times from 2009 to 2016 to keep it up to date.

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Regular publication of country’s only double-blind, refereed HEC recognized “Y” category Research Journal in the field of Information Management i.e. “Journal of Information Management and Libraries ” (Online). Now, the process of online submission of research articles for the journal has also been started.

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29 M.Phil. and 09 PhD degrees have been awarded so far.

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Functional Internet Lab with 32 Pcs, high-speed Internet, and provision of scanning & printing facility to the research students.

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Conducting Continuing Professional training on regular basis for information professionals.

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The Department is also offering information literacy and research methods workshops for the faculty members and researchers of other disciplines to facilitate them in their research work.

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Celebrate “World Book and Copyright Day” every year since 2010.

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The regular arrangement of extracurricular activities for the students i.e. Annual Dinners, Sports Competitions, and study cum excursion tours.

Location

Quaid-i-Azam Campus, Lahore, Punjab