Arif Khan

Proposed Title

An investigation of practicum supervision in library and information science


Learning through practice has its own standing in education system and practicum allows an opportunity for students to put into practice what they have learnt in their classrooms. The importance of gaining practical experience through experiential learning programmes such as practicum and internship has long been recognized in Library and Information Science (LIS) education. The student earns a grade and the library school oversees administration of the practicum, but it is the practicum supervisor who guides the student through the experience at the workplace.

The purpose of my study is to explore the experiences and understanding of practicum supervisors and students about practicum supervision in the field of Library and Information Science. Besides examining the dynamics of practicum supervision, the focus of my study is mainly on symbiosis of schools and practitioners in terms of experiential learning, research, collaboration, and development in library and information science education. I am using qualitative approach and aiming to develop a conceptual model of LIS practicum supervision. Results of my study would provide theoretical knowledge for practicum supervisors to guide their roles, styles, and competencies.

Why I Chose Charles Sturt

I have been working as librarian, professional trainer, project director, and researcher since 2002 after my graduation in Library & Information Science from Pakistan. Being a library trainer, I have started investigating new ways and themes to design advanced level courses for librarians in Pakistan. With that in mind, I became instrumental to further my studies and completed M.Phil where I have published and presented my research projects at national and international forums. The support and encouragement that I receive for completion of research projects, I made a choice to enrol for doctorate study in one of the good universities. While discussing my research intent with experts around the globe, finally I found Charles Sturt a vanguard to foster with.


  • American Library Association
  • Executive Member, Pakistan Library Association
  • Editor, Pakistan Library Association Journal (PLAJ) and Journal of Rural Development and Administration (JORDA)
  • Associate Member, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)


  • Khan, A. (2021). Towards developing library and information science practicum supervision competency framework. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 0961000621997533.
  • Khan, A. & Qayyum, A. (2019). Investigating the elements of supervision in library and information science practicums: a systematic literature review. Information Research, 24(3), paper rails1813.
  • Khan, A. (2018). A Study of Social Information Seeking (SIS) among LIS Research Scholars in Pakistan Publications, 6(1), 3; doi:10.3390/publications6010003
  • Khan, A., Du, J. T. (2017). Professional development through social media applications: a study of female librarians in Pakistan. Information and Learning Science118(7/8), 342-353.
  • Khan, Arif and Nisa, Hayat Un. (2017). Gender difference in Information Seeking of research scholars at University of Sargodha, Pakistan. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal). 1597.
  • Khan, R., Khan, A., Malik, S., & Idrees, H. (2017). Virtual Reference Services through Web Search Engines: Study of Academic Libraries in Pakistan. Publications5(2), 6. doi:10.3390/publications5020006
  • Khan, A., Anbareen, R., Idrees, H., & Saeed, G. (2017). Gender mainstreaming in Pakistani libraries: Analysing the possibilities. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science49(1), 107-114. doi: 0961000616631817
  • Khan, Arif., Idrees, H., Asghar, A., & Aziz, U. (2016). Information literacy for visually impaired teachers in Pakistan. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 0961000616662700.
  • Ur Rahman, A., Ur Rahman, A., Idrees, H., Idrees, H., khan, A., & khan, A. (2016). Prerequisite and awareness status of Web 2.0 applications in University Libraries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Library Hi Tech News33(8), 5-7.
  • Idrees, H., Khan, Arif., Sidra, M., & Rubaia, K. (2016, Sep 20-22). Web 2.0 and Marketing of Library Services in Pakistan. Paper presented at International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society (ICoLIS), Kuala lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Khan, A., & Idrees, H. (2015). Calculating Web impact factor for university websites of Pakistan. The Electronic Library33(5), 883-895.
  • khan, A., Idrees, H., & Mudassir, K. (2015). Library Web sites for people with disability: accessibility evaluation of library websites in Pakistan. Library Hi Tech News32(6), 1-7.
  • Khan, A., Sidra, M., Idrees, H., & Ali, A. (2015, August 5-6). National Library Websites for People With Disability (PWDs): a comparative analysis of South Asian countries. Paper presented at International Conference on Strengthening National Library Co-operation in South Asia, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Khan, A., Riffat, N., & Sidra, M. (2015, Oct 12-13). Gender difference in Plagiarism Attitude among Research Students. Paper presented at South Asian Libraries Conference on Journey through Print to Digital Information & Beyond, LUMS, Pakistan.
  • Deeba, F., Khan, A., & Idrees, H. (2015, Oct 12-13). A Study on existing policies of Digital Repositories in Pakistan. Paper presented at South Asian Libraries Conference on Journey through Print to Digital Information & Beyond, LUMS, Pakistan.
  • Khan, A. & Idrees, H. (2014). Professional Training Programs for LIS Professionals conducted at PARD: an Overview. Pakistan Library & Information Science Journal (PLISJ), 45(2), 23-32.
  • Ali, A., Khan, A., Sidra, M. (2014). Citation analysis of scholarly publications: A case study of the Journal for Rural Development and Administration—JORDA. 2014, Vol-2. Pakistan Library Association Journal.
  • Khan, A., Idrees, H., & Khan, M. (2013). Practices in Library Staff Development: A case study of Pakistan Academy for Rural Development (PARD) Library. Library Philosophy and Practice—electronic journal, 2013, Vol 1-11. URL:
  • Khan, A., & Rafiq, M. (2013). Designing Effective In-service Training for Librarians in Pakistan. Library Philosophy and Practice—electronic journal, 2013, Vol 1-11. URL:
  • Khan, A. & Idrees, H. (2013). Integrating DDC in Library Software for Effective Subject Searching. Pakistan Library Association Journal, 2013, Vol-1.
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