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The need of strategic – based measures for improving academic law libraries in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan: a viewpoint

Ghalib Khan (Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)
Rubina Bhatti (The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Pakistan)
Amjid Khan (Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Rahim Jan (Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 3 January 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to suggest strategic-based measures for improving the current situation of academic law libraries in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a survey method, this study attempted to explore a strategic-based measure for improving academic law libraries in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Data were collected from 43 respondents through semi-structured interviews, including library and information science professionals, academicians and administrative officers of the affiliation awarding institutions and principals of the law colleges.

Findings

Based on the interview findings, the study found that most of the law colleges do not pay attention towards the development of their institutional libraries. Outdated collections, scarcity of information and communication technologies and budgetary issues, inactive roles of regulating bodies and professional associations, limited roles of professional library staff, limited access to the Higher Education Commission digital library, absence of proper library setup and moral obligations and responsibilities of institutional administrations towards the development of academic law libraries were the main challenges.

Research limitations/implications

The scope of this paper covers Constituent Law College of the University of Peshawar and its 18 affiliated law colleges (Total 19), and the geographical area is restricted to the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The scope of this paper can be extended to additional private and public sector universities in Pakistan, as well as abroad.

Originality/value

This study is the first of its kind in Pakistan which will help the stockholders of affiliated and affiliation granting institutions to improve the current situation of academic law libraries in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The study presents a number of suggestions for the improvement of academic law libraries, which may be of value to the local institutions and developing countries with similar situations.

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Citation

Khan, G., Bhatti, R., Khan, A. and Jan, R. (2017), "The need of strategic – based measures for improving academic law libraries in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan: a viewpoint", Collection Building, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1108/CB-08-2016-0023

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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