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Q: What is an Ilm-o-Amal Mobile Library?

A: bulletA mobile library consists of central hub and spokes which are mobile units.

Q: what is the central hub?

bullet The hub consists of a room to store the books and necessary facilities like computer, Internet Access and facilities and supplies to take care of the books. The hub is managed by a librarian who has access to Library Management System (LMS).

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Q: What is the spoke or mobile units?

bullet Spoke is a mobile unit
. At this stage it is a motor bike fitted with a fiber glass box to carry books. We estimate that it can easily carry 50-100 books which is enough for one trip to a school.

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Q: How many central libraries and mobile units are planned?

bullet At the beginning we plan to have one hub in North Karachi Area and one spoke i.e. mobile unit. As we grow we will Inshallah plan to have hub in each town in Karachi and necessary number of spokes to support them. This growth will depend on a number of factors including response from schools, books we can gather, funds to support the network

Q: Who will benefit from this Library?

bullet The primary beneficiary of this concept is the children of school (grade KG to 10) which donot have a proper library or cannot afford one. However, this concept can be expanded to other categories of users.

Q: Who is a librarian and what is the duties?

bullet A mobile library consists of central hub and spokes which are mobile units. Librarian is responsible to manage the library:
bullet Enter books in LMS received by library as donation, by purchase
bullet Issue books to the field volulunteers or the mobile library unit which is going to the school
bullet Receive returned books and reports from the units
bullet Occassionally visit schools to monitor progress, meet princiapal, staff and children

bullet Liasion with Ilm-o-Amal team specially Education Coordinator

Q: What is Library Management System (LMS)?

bullet It is a module of Beneficiary Management System. It is developed by Ilm-o-Amal team. With LMS:
bullet The Librarian can catalogue new book
bullet The Librarian can create new library members
bullet The Librarian can issue new books
bullet Web Users can search the books in Library

bullet Liasion with Ilm-o-Amal team specially Education Coordinator


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P.O. Box 12494 Karachi, Pakistan

Who Is Ilm-o-Amal?
Ilm-o-Amal is a non-political and non-sectarian organization, which endeavors to promote social welfare, community spirit and knowledge in our society. It is founded by a group of citizens in Karachi, Pakistan. It is registered under Societies Act XXI of 1860 as a welfare organization.

Ilm-o-Amal is entirely funded by its members or socially aware individuals. Its financial records are audited and are presented to its members.

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