Give a gift subscription to a Pakistani library
of a leading foreign policy journal
There are approximately
182 public libraries in Pakistan. In America, there are 8,967.
Since Pakistan gained its
independence in 1947, no scheme for the development and modernization of libraries
has been devised, according to a paper by Mohammad Khan Marwat presented at
the 1996 conference of the International Federation of Library Associations
Given this lack of support
for public libraries in Pakistan, why not send a gift subscription to a Pakistani
library of a leading foreign policy journal.This is a good way of improving
the quantity and quality of what is available for readers in libraries with
tight budgets. In addition, the inclusion of a good foreign policy journal provides
important information about Pakistan's place in the world according to others'
perceptions and interests. This is especially important vis-a-vis America.
But before you send off
a check to your favorite foreign policy publication, you've got to do some legwork.
First, you have to contact
the library and find out if they accept gift subscriptions. If they are willing
to accept them, then would they be willing to be subscribed to a leading foreign
policy publication for five years? Also, how does the library's administration
decide what new material is to be included and what is not? What is the procedure
If the library accepts gift
subscriptions but wants to review the publication beforehand, choose a journal
with well-written articles and solid analysis that can give readers a good insight
into world affairs and American foreign policy. If you can afford two subscriptions,
consider sending a gift subscription to a foreign policy journal focused exclusively
on Pakistan or South Asia as well.
Once you've selected your
publication, send a sample copy of the most recent issue to the library for
consideration. Mail the magazine or drop it off in person if you're on a visit
If the library accepts the
journal into their collection, make sure to send off the gift subscription as
soon as possible and follow up to check that they receive the publication regularly.
Send a thank you card or call the library to show your appreciation for their
acceptance of your gift.
Date/Time Last Modified: 6/17/2002 3:48:08 PM
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