About LRC

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Introduction

UMT supports its academic programs and research initiatives through a modern, state-of-the-art Learning Resource Center (LRC), which is an indispensable source of information for faculty and students and contains one of the best collections of books in Pakistan on all academic disciplines comprising more than 145000 books. It also subscribes to 90 foreign and local journals/magazines, 18 online journals and books databases. LRC uniquely contains a repository of 23 personal collections which were formerly owned and donated by eminent Pakistani scholars and intellectuals. It also has a Learning Disability Center for people with special needs.
LRC has come a long way from its humble beginnings back in 1990. The foundations of LRC were laid as an integral part and parcel of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and it has flourished greatly with the gradual evolution of ILM into the current University of Management and Technology (UMT). Today, it has more than 145000 volumes in print and provides access to 45000 e-books. It has access to e-books database(Scribd) which has access to a million of books in electronic form and is also blessed with the biggest number of personal collections by any library of eminent Pakistani scholars and intellectuals representing various schools of thought. Their names include Dr. Rafiud Din Hashmi, Prof Khurshid Ahmed, Dr Zafar Ishaq Ansari, Khalid Humayun, Maryam Jamila, Maulana Abdul Rasheed Arshad, Aftab Mufti, Dr Hasan Askari, Zafar Iqbal, Obaid Alam, Zeeshan Riaz, Syed Mohsin Collection among others.
LRC is committed to the dissemination of knowledge using both conventional and electronic means for the improvement of the human intellectual capital available to the mother institution and for the benefit of country and humanity at large. Hence, it caters to the needs of e-students and distance learners with the same zeal and dedication as it serves its other patrons. The Off-campus Library Services (OCLS) provides the postal delivery of printed resources (terms and conditions apply) and also ensures the dissemination of e-resources which includes the delivery of journal articles and e-books through e-mail. The library catalog is live and is accessible online for e-students to search the library holdings. So, they can remotely and easily access online databases of scholarly journals and e-books. The ‘Ask a Librarian’ reference service is also available for them to communicate their queries via e-mail.
University of Management and Technology is the first private sector university in Pakistan which has established a state of the art adjoining Disability Resource Center to cater for the needs of disabled participants. which is promoting and providing inclusive leaning environment for students with different types of disabilities at higher education level. Many students with disabilities are enrolled in UMT in different programs of different levels from BS to PhD. The DRC provides the required facilities and assistive technology to students with disabilities to meet their unique learning needs. These facilities include sign language interpreters, special computers with accessibility provisions like JAWS and DUXBurry for persons with visual impairment, large LED projectors, Perkin’s Braillers, Braille Frames, Braille Stylus, MP3 Recorders, Video Recorders, Audio Systems, Range of Standardized Assessment Tests, Scanners, White Canes and Wheel Chairs. The DRC is aimed to facilitate the learning needs of students with disabilities in the best possible manners and to set an example for other higher education institutions in Pakistan.

The future plans include the expanding of DRC as a research center on teaching and learning needs of students with disabilities in Pakistan. All the students including online with disabilities can remotely reach to Disability Resource Centre for learning assistance via phone or email. The center also provides them professional training in order to assist them to become fully functional members of society. At LRC, UMT participants are engaged in a systematic and multidimensional process of learning through the reading of texts and the use of digital resources within reimagined physical settings and with the aid of specialized assistance in research.

 

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