A ten-day long training course on Advanced Archival Record Management and Digital/Modern Library Management basic course held

Ahasan, Dhaka, 15 September 2018

The National Library of Bangladesh organized a ten-day long training course on Advanced Archival Record Management and Digital/ Modern Library Management from 3rd to 13th September 2018.

An inaugural session was held on 3rd September before starting the main session. Honourable minister, Mr Asaduzzaman Noor, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, MP was the Chief Guest of the session. Mr Dilip Kumar Saha, Director General, Department of Archives and Libraries, Bangladesh presided over the program. Mr Nitai Pado Das, Director, Department of Archives and Libraries also attended the session.

A number of distinguished experts were the resource persons who shared their knowledge and expertise for Digital Library Management courses: National library and national archives at a glance by Nitai Pado Das, Director, National Library and Archives, Chronological history of National Library and National Library Collection and Arrangement  by Mr Nazmus Sahadat, National Library and Archives, E-activities in Library by Dr Md. Anwarul Islam, Sher-e -Bangla Agriculture University Library, E-resources development in Libraries by Dr Md. Mizanur Rahman, Librarian, Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics(BANBEIS), Book Classification, Arrangement and Mangement by Prof. Dr Nasiruddin Munshi, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Uses of Metadata in Library, Automation, Digitization and Application of Microfilm by Muhammad Moslem Uddin, Bibliographer, National Library and Archives, Plagiarism in Academic Writing: How to Avoid it ?  by Prof. Dr Bilkis Begum, Chairperson, Lalmatia Mohila College, Dhaka, Application of National Bibliography in Koha Software National Bibliography preparation process: past and present Mr Md. Abu Daud, Bibliographer, National  Library and Archives, Archival file selection and digitization by MsTahminaAkter, Deputy Director, National Library and Archives, E-book preparation and Publication and Application of ISSN by Mr Jamal Uddin, Deputy Director, National Library and Archives, Implementation of Information Right for people’s and Muktijudho affairs cluster-wise analysis by Mr Dilip Kumar Saha, Director General, National Library and Archives, Open Access in Library Collection Development by Kanok Monirul Islam, Librarian, Prime Minister’s Office. Manuscript Management with Zotero Software by Dr Dilruba Mahbuba, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Digitization of Library resources: Bangladesh Perspective by Mohammad Hossam Haider Chowdhury, Librarian, Independent University of Bangladesh(IUB), Knowledge management in Libraries by Prof. Dr Rokonuzzaman, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Digital Library Management by Dr Mirza Mohd. Rezaul Islam, Islamic University of Technology(IUT), Promoting Special Library Services in Bangladesh by Mr Sasanka Kumar Singha, Joint Director, Bangladesh Bank Library, Importance of Library for Education Research and responsibility and functions of file management of the government employees by Mr Md. Maksudur Rahman Patwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Importance of Digitization for the collection of National Library by Md. Mizanur Rahman, Microfilm Officer, National Library and Archives, Data Entry and Customization of Koha and Koha Administration by Dr Dilara Begum, Chairperson, Department of Information Studies and Library Management, East West University, Dhaka, Managment of Libraries and Archival Institutions by Prof. Dr Meshbahul Islam, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Necessity of Digital Library Management, possibility, problems and solutions by Mr Haris Sarkar, Programmer, National Library and Archives.

Sightseeing tour: A sight-seeing tour at Muktijoddha Museum and Sher e Bangla Agricultural University Library was the part of the training. Mr Jalam Uddin, the Training Coordinator, conducted these sight-seeing sessions.

Participants: There were twenty-eight participants in Advance Archival Record Management Course whereas twenty-five participants were for Digital Library Management Course. Participants: Mr Md. MoshiurRahman, Assistant Librarian, Adinaf Fazlul Haq Government College, Shibganj, Chapainawabganj, Mr Maruf Hossain, Librarian, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Dhaka, Ms Sharmin Shahria, Assistant Director, Bangladesh Rural Development Board, Kotbari, Comilla, Ms Sahana Jahan, Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer, Vashantec Government College, Dhaka, MrProkash Marma, Librarian Cum Museum Assistant, Small Indigenous Cultural Institute, Bandarban, Ms Sonia Naznin, Assistant Librarian, Eastern University, Dhaka, Mr Md. Shobuj Mia, Assistant Librarian, Bangladesh Film Archives, Mr S.M. Sabbir Akonda, Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer, Kumudini Government College, Tangail, Ms Nadira Islam, Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer, Kurigram government college, Kurigram, Ms Dilruba Begum, Bangladesh Folk, Art and Craft Museum, Sonargaon, Narayanganj, Ms Asma Khatun, Sr. Librarian, Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation, Dhaka, Mr Md. Zibrail Hossain, Assistant Librarian, Nawab SirajUdDoulah Government College, Natore, Ms Farzana Akter, Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer, Noakhali Government Mohila College, Noakhali, Ms Sahida Khatun, Assistant Librarian, Bangladesh Public Service Commission, Dhaka, Mr Md. Kamrul Islam, Senior Librarian, Bangladesh Sericulture Research and Training Institute, Rajshahi, Ms Saiya Rani Biswas, Librarian, Government Science College, Tejgaon, Dhaka, Mr Md. Shihabul Alam, Deputy Librarian, Santo Mariam University of Creative Technology, Uttara, Dhaka, Ms Nighaar Sultana, Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer, Sirajganj Government College, Sirajganj, Mr Anisur Rahman, Junior Technical Assistant, National Library and Archives, Mr Muhammad Abdul Momen, Librarian, High Court Division, Bangladesh Supreme Court, Dhaka, Mr Md. Mohiuddin, Cataloguer, Central Library, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Mr Md. Abul Hossain, Librarian, Government Tolaram College, Narayanganj, Ms Tripti Saha, Librarian, Chandpur Government College, Chandpur, Mr SM Humayun Kabir, Assistant Librarian, National Health Library and Documentation Centre, Mohakhali, Dhaka.

Training Allowances: It was a non-residential program. The resource persons and participants both received allowances. The participants received Tk. 500/- each as daily allowance in this regard.

Closing Session: A closing session and certificate giving session were arranged for the participants on 13 September 2018. Total 53 participants received certificates from Md. Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic Bangladesh.

“Our new generation children and students must be encouraged to become library oriented getting out from Facebook”- Aunjon Chowdhury

Dilruba Rahman, North South University, Dhaka, 15 September 2018

Annual general meeting of Annada Gobinda Public Library was convened at the library quad on Saturday, 8th September 2018. Aunjon Chowdhury, managing director of Square Toiletries and Machranga Television chaired the meeting.

“Our new generation children and students must be encouraged to become library oriented getting out from Facebook,” said the businessman.

He added that “Our new generation is attached inside the house by using Facebook. They should be brought out of the house and made attentive to read books.”

Abdul Matin Khan, the secretary general of the library presented the previous year’s general meeting’s decision and the 2017-2018 financial years cost of receipt and disbursement in the meeting.

Vice-president DabirUddin Ahmed, Rabiul Islam Robi, executive member M. SaidulHaqueChunnu, Professor Shibjit Nag, Muhammad AbulMasudLal, Rabiul Islam ChoubeDablu, KajiRafikulAlam, Advocate Md. Abdul Hannan, DrMonowarulAjij and Dr Md. Habibullah also delivered their speeches.

Former freedom fighter commander HabiburRahman, lifetime member and former headmistress of Pabna government girls’ high school Roksana Khanom, lifetime member and district cultural officer Marufa Monjuri Khan attended the meeting among others.


Translated from http://newspabna.com/   Saturday 8 September 2018

In-house training program held at BUET Central Library

Ahasan, Dhaka, 15 September 2018

A two-day long training program from 11 September to 12 September 2018 was held at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) central library. Participants learned hands-on training on e-resources management and services. Mr Shah Abdul Kabej, Deputy Librarian, BUET conducted the training session as the resource person.

A total of 36 participants divided into two segments/phases (2nd phase11-12 Sep.) received the training. Subscribed, registered, consortium and open access resources were analyzed and discussed.

National champion’ in reciting and acting and ‘Gold Medalist’ as ‘National Best Child Artist’ joins as a Lecturer! Congratulation!

Mukta, Dhaka, 14 September 2018

Romana Rahman Shithi, who is the ‘National Award’ winner for seven times for participating multi-cultural activities and also an outstanding student in the Department of Information Science and Library Management (ISLM) of University of Dhaka, has recently been appointed as a Lecturer at East West University.

Prior to this, she worked as a lecturer in Department of Library and Information Science at Lalmatia Mohila College, Dhaka. Romana also had experiences to work at different libraries in Bangladesh including Scholastica International School Dhaka, North South University Library, Dhaka University Library and BANSDOC Library.

Ms Shithi completed her B.A (Hons.) and Masters in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka with an excellent academic result. She is also an MPhil researcher in the same subject at the same university.

Ms Shithi became ‘National champion’ in reciting and acting in 2005, also achieved ‘Gold Medal’ as ‘National Best Child Artist’ from Bangabandhu Jatiyo-Sishu-Kishor-Sangskritik Protijogita and ‘Silver Medal’ as ‘Best Performer’ of ‘Sruti-Sangskritik Academy’. She had a number of publications, which are given below:

Usage and Application of E-Resources in the University Libraries of Bangladesh: Prospects and Challenges
 E-Resource Management in the Private University Libraries of Bangladesh: Perception of LIS Professionals
Users Perception of E-resources in the Private University libraries of Bangladesh.

The Librarian Times congratulates her on her new role at East West University!

Asma Khatun (Muckta)

Asma Khatun (Muckta)

Asma Khatun is working as a Research Assistant at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. She has over eight years of experience in working with academic and research libraries in different positions. She is experienced in the area of Integrated Library Management System, Record Keeping Meta Data, converting and mapping data into MARC21, Discovery Tools, Content Management System, Information Literacy, Institutional Repository and Electronic Resource Management.

In addition, she was involved in several Library Automation Projects of Bangladesh as a Resource Person of BRAC University (one of the leading private university of Bangladesh) on MARC21, LCSH, MarcEdit and Z39.50 protocol. She trained more than two hundred library professionals on MARC 21.

Ms Khatun completed Bachelor, Masters and MPhil degree in Information Science and Library Management from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. In her professional career, she attended several national and international training programs and seminars on different types of library services and tools. Additionally, she completed an advanced certificate course on Modern Library Practices and Management with Indian Government Scholarship.

Contact email-asmamuckta@gmail.com

Exclusive Interview: with Mr Ahmed Shibly, Senior Assistant Chief, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

“Libraries should have digitised collections and access facilities like other developed nations. And librarians should play the pioneering role in making this happens.” –Ahmed Shibly


Mr Ahmed Shibly, Senior Assistant Chief, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh has been working in the ministry as a planning professional. His main role includes approval process and monitoring of development projects of Department of Public Libraries besides few other departments. Mr Shibly was a student of Rangpur Cadet College. Then he studied in Public Administration at the University of Rajshahi and obtained Bachelor and Master degree. In the 24 BCS, he was selected for Economic Cadre.


The Librarian Times (TLT) team met him in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the 84th annual congress of IFLA and spent some time with ‘The Librarian Times’. The team had some discussion on contemporary issues of the public library sector. He talked about his experiences and other several burning issues.

TLT: Tale us something more about yourself, and how long have you been working with the public libraries in Bangladesh?

Mr Shibly: I have been working in the ministry for almost six years. By this time, I had some experience in dealing with some development projects and small-scale skims of the Department of Public Libraries (DPL). In short, these projects were mostly on infrastructure development and capacity development of various libraries.

TLT: The Ministry of Cultural Affairs has been working several projects for the development of Public Libraries in Bangladesh. Would you please share with us about these projects?

Mr Shibly: At present, DPL is implementing three development projects. One of them is on the construction of six public libraries with the necessary equipment in different districts. Except for these six, there are government public libraries in all districts in the country. Another is on modernizing a big and historical library named Muslim Institute at Chattogram. It will be a cultural complex of the city includes almost all related facilities. And the other project is on capacity building of the head office and some other district libraries for management of libraries through online technology.

TLT: What kind of limitations and challenges you have been experiencing in the library sectors and what are the possible solutions to overcome these challenges?

Mr Shibly: This is quite difficult for me to define the challenge as I am not an expert. To my view, libraries may not be meeting the requirements of the new generation. Library users are not increasing remarkably. I think students (school or college level) are now too much engaged with their academic purpose. Though the government is trying to increase facilities to encourage reading participation is not increasing in pace.

TLT: With the Memorandum of understanding (MoU) of Libraries Unlimited (LU) project, Ministry of Cultural Affairs is playing a vital role including LU projects supported by Melinda Gates Foundation, so we are lucky enough for availing this. Do you think it will sustain and our society will get benefit from it?


“The project is aimed to convert 25 existing libraries to model libraries. The project is still in the implementation phase. Hopefully, we will get modern
and dynamic libraries after the completion of the project and our society can take more benefits from it.”

Mr Shibly: The project is aimed to convert 25 existing libraries to model libraries. The project is still in the implementation phase. Hopefully, we will get modern
and dynamic libraries after the completion of the project and our society can take more benefits from it.

TLT: You are not library professionals but working with library people. What are your feelings? Do you enjoy working with library people?

Mr Shibly: Libraries are sacred places. Generally, a library is a calm & quiet place. I found people working in libraries are gentle & good. Yes, I do enjoy working with library professionals.

TLT: Tell us any of the success stories on library despite that you were involved from the behind?


“Our libraries have been implementing a book reading program which has a positive impact on readers. It is a kind of book review activities.”

Mr Shibly: Our libraries have been implementing a book reading program which has a positive impact on readers. It is a kind of book review activities. Readers have the opportunity to take part in the competition and can know a book more profoundly.

TLT: Please give us your insight on how we the library professionals can play our roles towards “Digital Bangladesh?

Mr Shibly: Insight is a tough word which I don’t have. Libraries play a fundamental role in our society. But, I think, we have to increase participation from the local community. And librarians may think to interact with & involve cultural organizations like Shilpakala Academy so that they can organise some events together. They may find some common platforms. Libraries should have digitised collections and access facilities like other developed nations. And librarians should play the pioneering role in making this happens.

TLT: Thank you for giving time to TLT

Mr Shibly: Thanks. I wish success of TLT.

Congratulations to Mr Emdad & Mr Mahin on starting their new carrier at NSTU!

Mukta, 8th September 2018

“I would like to utilize and share my academic knowledge and professional experiences and excel in the field of academia. I would also like to contribute to the learning process of young minds by providing them with the quality of education”– Mr Emdad.

Md. Emdadul Islam has been recently appointed as a ‘Lecturer’ at Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU), Chittagong, Bangladesh. Prior to joining NSTU, he worked as Course Coordinator and Lecturer of Post-Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science program at New Model Degree College, Dhaka. He completed B.A. (Hon.) and Master degree in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka and obtained first class. He is also an MPhil Researcher in the same subject at the same university.

Earlier Mr Emdad achieved Dean’s Award as Dean’s Merit List of Honor’ 2016 for his scholastic accomplishments in his M.A degree. He completed a number of training programs including ‘Computer Literacy Program’ organized by VAB-NJ (Volunteers Association for Bangladesh-New Jersey), USA and D. Net (Development Research Network), Bangladesh and ‘ICT-Top Up IT Training Program and ITES Foundation Skills Training’ conducted by Ernst & Young LLP, India under Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), ICT Division, People’s Republic of Bangladesh on ‘Web Design’ under NASSCOM IT-ITES Sector Skill Council (SSC) certification, this program is certified by George Washington University, USA. Mr Emdad is also an executive member of Dhaka University Research Society (DURS), Google Educator Group Dhaka South, life member of Library Association Bangladesh (LAB) and also department representative of Dhaka University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab.

“As a new faculty of Institute of Information Science in NSTU….. I wish to work passionately to develop my institute along with being a researcher & knowledge scientist. It’s also my desire to work in enriching the working platform of our department. I wish the best wishes from all to approach ahead”– Mr Abdul Karim.

Mr Abdul Karim also has been appointed as a lecturer at NSTU.
Before joining at NSTU, Mr Abdul Karim worked as Lecturer at Institute of Library & Information Science, Mymensingh.

He completed his B.A. (Hon.) and Master degree in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka with an excellent academic result. Mr Karim also worked at BANSDOC, Dhaka University Library and BRAC-Maya Apa Apps.


The Librarian Times congratulates them on their new roles and wishes their future endeavour with great success!

Workshop on “Coding” held at Munshignaj Government Public Library

Dilruba Rahman, 7 September 2018, North South University, Dhaka

A day-long workshop on Coding (Computer Programming) was held at District Government Public Library Auditorium, Munshiganj, on 4 September 2018.
Ms Rafia Sultana, Librarian, Department of Public libraries presided over the programme.
We have seen a slogan of the workshop “Let’s learn coding, Get elated in the ecstasy of creation”
Students who are in between 8 to 15 years of old took part in the lively workshop session and learned both coding and computer programming. Indeed, participants were also introduced to the latest education equipments especially used in the United Kingdom and developing nations.
To make the workshop fruitful, several sessions were conducted for two hundred participants by forming six groups.
Libraries Unlimited (LU) Project of British Council set up micro: bit, a pocket-sized computer with features to learn coding. Micro: bit will potentially popularise the context of coding among the young generation of Bangladesh. It will open exciting opportunities to coding, which is one of the fastest growing occupations worldwide with leading to future employment, community engagement, digital leadership and skills development.
LU will establish 30 model public libraries and an e-library network, and scale services to further 39 public libraries. It aims to upgrade ICT facilities and design new layouts to create contemporary multi-usage solutions that provide innovative learning environments.
Technical lead Timothy Grin of British Council, ICT Manager Tamim Mostafa, Component Lead ABM Ali Ahmed attended the workshop. A good number of volunteers were also involved to make the workshops successful.

Knowledge sharing meeting on sustainability of UGC Digital Library (UDL) held

Ahasan, Dhaka, 8 September 2018

University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan on Thursday said the higher education and research are gaining momentum in Bangladesh as UGC Digital Library (UDL) has been undertaken by the UGC and Education Ministry, reported by Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).

“Digital library has been immensely contributing to enhancement and excellence of higher education and research by offering access to e-resources to its member institutions over the years,” he said as the chief guest while addressing a knowledge sharing meeting on sustainability of UGC Digital Library (UDL) at UGC auditorium, on Thursday 6 September 2018. He also highlighted the need for raising awareness about the use of e-resources among the students, teachers and researchers of the university. He said the demand of e-resources is growing in the country. UGC members – Professor Dr Md Akhtar Hossain, Professor Dr Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah and UGC Secretary Dr Md Khaled also spoke on the occasion.

Professor Yousuf Ali Mollah said the digital library project has been undertaken to keep pace with the globalised world. Highlighting the objectives of UDL, Professor Akhtar Hossain said that Digital Library can enhance the capacity building of the librarians, researchers, students and faculty members. He also urged the librarians to work pro-actively in the area of library management.

At present, 90 organisations including 86 universities of the country are subscribing over 34,000 e-resources through UGC Digital Library, he added. Vice-chancellors, pro-vice-chancellors and librarians from public universities of the country participated in the meeting. High officials from UGC were present at the meeting.


Urgent Notice: Seminar on “A national-level network for agricultural library and information centres in Bangladesh” has been rescheduled

Seminar on “A national-level network for agricultural library and information centres in Bangladesh” has been rescheduled for 16 September 2018

Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Central Library are going to organise a seminar entitled “A national-level network for agricultural library and information centres in Bangladesh” under the HEQEP CPSF 2184. Due to unavoidable circumstances, the seminar date has been rescheduled.

The new date: 16 September 2018.

All invited members are requested to follow the above-mentioned date.

Md. Habibur Rahman
Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU)
Chittagong, Bangladesh
Cell # 01711-043546

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