COVID-19 – A list of temporarily free resources

Syeda Mukta Begum

April 26, 2020

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to endanger and interrupt lives, publishers in all industries are working hard to make sure readers of all ages have a smooth transition experience.

There are special free and extended resources available from various platforms and vendors during the current Pandemic in the world.  On behalf of TLT, Syeda Mukta Begum has collected all the free resources links to share with LIS professionals, researchers, doctors and others for the remote learning and access in the lockdown period. Below is a list of industry actions, which we will continue to update for all.

ACS Publications

Here are enclosed a collection of free to read online teaching chemistry teaching resources from the Journal of Chemical Education and the ACS Division of Chemical Education. There are also virtual issues of all articles related to Covid-19 from ACS Publications: Chemistry in Coronavirus Research: A Free to Read Collection from the American Chemical Society. This regularly updated collection includes journal articles, video resources, distance learning modules, etc.

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ULAB Library launches Bangabandhu Corner

Photo: Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam, National Professor of Bangladesh inaugurates Bangabandhu Corner at the Library of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has launched Bangabandhu corner at the library.

Professor Dr Rafiqul Islam, National Professor of Bangladesh inaugurated Bangabandhu Corner at the Library of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) in its Dhanmondi Campus, Dhaka on March 11, 2020. The initiative has been taken to mark the centenary of the birth of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The new corner at ULAB Library contains a special collection on Bangabandhu with more than 350 books and new titles will be added continuously. Certainly, this collection will help scholars and researchers.

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Student exchange program: Malaysian delegates visit the ISLM Department

To explore the possibility of fostering faculty/student exchange program and collaboration between the Department of Information Science and Library Management (ISLM), University of Dhaka, and the Faculty of Information Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia are in a stage to start. This exchange program is aiming to bring together researchers, academicians and LIS students of the University of Dhaka and UiTM to present their research results and academic activities. This platform provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and experiences face to face, to establish research relations and to find further opportunities for future collaboration. Through this reciprocal activity, it is hoped that the staff and students from both institutions would be able to enrich knowledge, get insight into the Bangladeshi and Malaysian educational systems, develop professional individuality and experience life in a foreign land.

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A governing board team visits IUT library

Ahasan, Dhaka

Governing Board team of Islamic University of Technology (IUT) visited IUT and its library on 22 January 2020. H. E. Mr Mussibov Askar, Assistant Secretary-General, OIC, H.E. Mr Habib Migadde, Chairman of the Governing Board, IUT, H.E. Ambassador Iya Tidjiani, Ambassador of the Republic of Cameroon in Riyadh, H.E. Barrister Yakubu Ahmed Danfuloti, Barrister, Nigeria, Dr Omar Jah, Vice-Chancellor of IUT. Prof. Dr Md. Anayet Ullah Patwari, Head BTM and library in charge were present in this visit.

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Online ISBN Service started

Ahasan Dhaka


Mr K. M Khaled honourable State Minister, Ministry of Cultural Affairs inaugurated Online ISBN Service on 24 December 2019 at National Archives convention Centre, Agargaon, Dhaka. Director-General of Department of Archives and Libraries Mr Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan conducted the session, Mr. Farid Ahmed, President Bangladesh Knowledge and Creative Publishers was the special guest in the inauguration session.

Training workshop on University Grants Commission (UGC) Digital Library (UDL) held

Ahasan, Dhaka

A daylong training workshop on IEEE Xplore Digital Library organized by University Grants Commission (UGC) Digital Library (UDL) was held on Tuesday,03 December 2019 at UGC auditorium.

UGC Chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah was present as the chief guest while UGC members Professor Dr Dil Afroza Begum, Professor Dr Md Sazzad Hossain and Professor Dr Muhammed Alamgir were present as the special guests. UGC member Professor Dr Md Akhtar Hossain presided over the opening session.

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Implementing the Annual Performance Contract: Archives and Library achieve the first position

Ahasan, Dhaka

The Department of Archives and Library has achieved the first position in the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in implementing the Annual Performance Contract for the financial year 2018-19. For the mentioned financial year, they secured the first position among the 17 divisions and organs under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Dr Md. Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal NDC, Secretary of Ministry of Cultural Affairs chaired the session in the Meeting Room of said Ministry on 8 December 2019.

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