Library of Congress Office, Islamabad, Pakistan
International Associate, Spring 2010
Hameed Ahmad, a Cataloging Librarian at the Library of Congress Office in Islamabad, Pakistan, begins his four-month training at the Yale University Library. He is the 11th librarian to come to Yale under the auspices of the International Associates Program, a Library-funded initiative launched in 2005 to nurture professional development and leadership at home and abroad through exchanges with research and educational institutions around the globe.
Hameed holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from Allama Iqbal Open University in Islamabad. Prior to joining the Library of Congress Office in 2006, he worked as librarian for Shifa International Hospitals Ltd./Shifa College of Medicine (1998-2002) and the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Human Resources Development Centre (2002-06), both in Islamabad.
At Yale, Hameed’s training will focus on original cataloging and dual-script (Roman, Urdu and Persian) cataloging of Library materials from India and Pakistan. At the same time, he will have an opportunity to familiarize himself with a variety of Library resources, services, and departments before he completes his U.S. training at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Hameed’s training is funded by the South Asian Studies Council at Yale and jointly coordinated by the Cataloging Unit of the South and Southeast Asia Collection and the Near East Collection. It is also the second instance of a collaboration between the Yale University Library and one of the Library of Congress six Overseas Offices to use the International Associates Program as a training opportunity for LoC staff abroad.
Three years ago, in the spring of 2007, the South and Southeast Asia Collection hosted a catalog librarian from the LoC Office in Jakarta, Indonesia, whose training focused on subject analysis and classification, while also contributing to the original cataloging of the Southeast Asia Collection’s Indonesian language backlog.