Research Trends of LIS Schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Keywords:Research Trends; LIS Schools, Research growth, LIS Scholars, Library Science, Information Professionals.
The change has been a constant phenomenon in librarianship. However, when we talk about the LIS schools in developing countries, the situation in Pakistan is a bit slowly. Overall, the progress of LIS education in the country is increasing because new schools have been set up in the last few years and research trends are growing. Still, Pakistan has not yet reached its position as other developing countries did in the previous few decades. Presently, 15 schools offer a degree in Library and Information Science discipline. These university faces serious issues like faculty education, curriculum development, assessment and infrastructure etc. The Higher Education Commission Pakistan HECP is pushing hard to inculcate productive research culture in educational sectors, including the LIS discipline. The paper presents an overview of research trends among LIS schools based in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The result shows that 588 articles and theses were contributed by three schools exclusive of the School of LIS in Swabi and Swat, which are not fully operational. The authors have covered the gap of present faculties working in these schools until 2021, and a gap is left for future research. The study is helpful for LIS Schools in Pakistan in general and KP in particular. The stakeholders of universities, scholars, academia, HEC and Educational ministry will get possible help from the present paper.