What is Training Need Assessment

5 main reasons why library professionals should be given training
1. Training reduce
professionals errors
5. A properly trained professionals
performance is more satisfactory and
this may lead to improve reader’s
2. Training improves productivity and performance
of the job
4. Training has reduced employee
3. Proper training can reduce
total wages
• A training need can be defined
as the gap between the actual
performance and the desired
• Training Needs
Assessment (TNA) is a
procedure of identifying a gap in
employee training and related
training needs
• To enhance the knowledge and skill base of
the library professionals to enable them to
cope with the present and future challenges in
a manner widely acceptable to all the
stakeholders and consistent to the best
prevailing practices
• Training and development has always been an
effective tool in achieving professionals’ goals
in any modern organization. One of the vital
tools in equipping our human resources with
enhanced knowledge capital is continuous
• Research assumption is that librarian from
Karachi city who has professional qualification
need no additional professional training on the
To identify the level of professional skills
of Librarians in Karachi
To find out the trainings gaps
To find out the training needs for library
professionals in Karachi
• A survey method using questionnaire was
selected for this research study. Both open
and close ended questions were formulated. A
four point Likert-type scale was used in the
• The research study was limited to find out the
training need assessment (TNA) of library
professionals working in Karachi
The Study was focused on three major areas of Librarians professional
development these areas are
i. Information Technology
ii. Library Technical operations and tools.
iii. Soft Skills for librarian
• On the basis of research findings Research
assumption of this study has been not proved,
and after analyzing the research data now it is
confirmed that librarian who has professional
qualification essentially need additional
professional training on the job
On the basis of data analysis some recommendations made, these
recommendations are given below:
 Department of Library and Information Science must include latest trends in the
syllabus of BLIS and MLIS course.
 Department must arrange two training courses for working librarians in a year
 Library professionals in Karachi are not good in online database search; thus
professional organizations must conduct a training workshop on database search
as earliest as possible.
 Library professionals are also lacking in website development or website
designing, therefore training courses on website designing must be started.
 Professional organization also conduct a series of training courses on Open
Sources Software (OCC)
 Basic library automation and computer hardware program should be introduced
for LIS community in Karachi.
 Some training workshop, seminars essentially be organized on use of EDDC
(Electronic DDC), Resource Description Access (RDA)
 Librarians in Karachi also facing problem in use of Citation
Management tools eg. Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley etc. Library
organization must include training programs on Citation
Management tools in their future planner
 Serial Management is also a problem for LIS professionals in
Karachi and they have no opportunity to learn serial management
 Training program on various soft skills development including
Communication Skills, Leadership Skills, Time Management,
Decision Making, Problem Solving, Knowledge Management,
Creativity, Presentation Skills and Report Writing Skills are very
useful for library professionals in Karachi.
 Selected LIS faculty members and librarians must be trained as
Master Trainer for above mentioned trainings.
 Professional organization make sure that publicity should be given
in advance that the professionals can plan their participation in
training programmes
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