TLT board meets the Libraries Unlimited Project team

Apu, Dhaka, 7 April 2019

A meeting between The Librarian Times (TLT) team led by the Editor, Prodip Roy and Libraries Unlimited Project team led by the project director Ms Kirsty Crawford was held on 3 April 2019 at the Libraries Unlimited Office, Shahbagh, Dhaka.

On behalf of TLT editorial board, Mr Mohammad Joynal Abdin and Mr Prodip Aich attended the meeting. Mr Prodip Roy attended the meeting via ZOOM online.

The Editor, TLT articulated that The Libraries Unlimited (LU) programme in Bangladesh is a milestone to modernise the public library network, build the capacity of library professionals, train library staff, and build public awareness of and access to library and information services. In the primary discussion with the LU project team, the board members spoke on TLT’s objective and future mission. TLT started its journey in Feb 2017 to overcome the Library and Information Science professional barriers, inspire professionals and contribute to the country by supporting library and information advocacy, organising the seminar Workshop and undertaking research on ongoing issues. » Read more

Khairul Islam receives doctoral admission from 7 major US research universities

Apu
06 April 2019
Mr Khairul Islam, a former student of Information Science and Library Management, has received offers from the United States seven major research universities for his doctoral study beginning fall 2019. The universities include Howard University in Washington DC, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University, Wayne State University in Michigan, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and the University of Memphis in Tennessee.

Mr Khairul is interested in public health, health communications in particular.

“In my PhD, I will examine the state-of-science gap between health information diffusion and consumers’ perceptions of such information,” he said while talking to TLT.

Mr Khairul noted that with the rapid diffusion of digital technologies, the consumer health informatics has been evolving across the world including in Bangladesh, empowering many users to take an active role in making own health decisions. » Read more

Inauguration ceremony held for Library Automation and Career Development Corner at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University

Ahasan, Dhaka 7 April 2019

An Inauguration ceremony was held for the Library Automation and Career Development Corner at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University on 1 April 2019. Prof. Dr Giasuddin Miah, Vice-Chancellor, BSMRAU was present as the Chief Guest in this inauguration session while Prof. Tofail Ahmed, BSMRAU was present as the Special Guest. Prof. Dr Mofazzal Hossain, Library Chief, BSMRAU conducted the ceremony. Koha-Integrated Library Management System has been implemented as part of the library automation project.

Dr Md. Anwarul Islam, Librarian, Sher-e Bangla Agriculture University and Mr Mubassir Ahsan, Assistant Librarian, Southeast University have been working behind the automation since the project started. Mr Md. Atik Zaman, Deputy Librarian, BSMRAU also has a tremendous contribution to make this automation pragmatic. » Read more

Jalal Uddin participates in an International Conference

Mr Sheikh Md. Jalal Uddin, Librarian (In charge) Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University participated in an International Conference on Intellectual Property Rights: Digital Transformation was held at Goa, India. He presented a paper on 27 March 2019. He also conducted a session as the chair of the mentioned conference. The conference was jointly organized by Fr. Angel College of Arts and Commerce, Pilar, Goa, JK Business School, Gurugram, and SDPA, New Delhi.

Details of the Conference are available in the following link: http://sdpaindia.org/Goa_brochure.pdf

English Chat held at Chapai Nawabganj District Public library

Syeda Mukta Begum
April 6, 2019
Keeping up a conversation in a second language can be tough for non-English speaking people. Not knowing what to say next can lead to awkward silences, which isn’t fun for the person you are speaking to. From this feeling, Mr. Masud Rana, librarian, district public library, Chapai Nawabganj initiated the program “English Chat”. A prescheduled English chat was arranged on March  27, 2019. There were 17 participants attended the program.

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Seminar on Bibliometrics: The Possibility of Researchers and Library Professionals held at Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth

Ahasan, Dhaka, 6 January 2019

The Librarian Times (TLT) in collaboration with the Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth organized a seminar on Bibliometrics: The Possibility of Researchers and Library Professionals on Saturday, 5 January 2019 at Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq Bidyapeeth, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

The growing demand for bibliometric and research assessment services represents a significant change in how patrons find and use information.

Infor‐/biblio‐/sciento‐/cyber‐/webo‐/alter‐/metrics helps to recognize the researchers who contribute to research from the institutions, with whom they collaborate or should collaborate, what is their research strength and weakness, what is the impact of their research, what is the research trend in a given topic, where to start the research, what should be the starting point of the literature review, where to apply for research funding, how to find vital topic of research and performance-based research funding, etc.

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Bangabandhu and Liberation War Corner Inauguration at Bangladesh Bank Library

Bangabandhu and Liberation War Corner was inaugurated at the Bangladesh Bank Library on 13 December 2018 Thursday. Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir inaugurated the corner as a chief guest. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, Executive Director (Research) was present at the event as a special guest. The function was presided over by General Manager (Library) Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman Khan. Executive Directors of the Bank, General Managers and Deputy General Managers and various level officials were present in the program among others. Besides, leaders of Bangabandhu Parishad, Bangladesh Bank Officers Welfare Council, Bangladesh Bank Employees Association (CBA) and participants of other organizations participated in the inauguration program.

Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir

Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir

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Let’s Learn Something Worth: An Exclusive Interview with Mr Craig Lancaster Marr, the Librarian, International School Dhaka (ISD)

Mr Craig Lancaster Marr, working as the school librarian at the International School Dhaka (ISD) in Bangladesh. Ms Syeda Mukta Begum talked to him about his professional journey, the library profession and related issues to get some insights to learn from his experiences. The conversation is published as the special feature on our 18 Issue, Volume 04.

Craig Lancaster Marr

Craig Lancaster Marr

Please share us something about your personal life and professional life.

My name is Craig Lancaster Marr, known as Harry, and I am 50 years old and from the UK. I work as a Librarian at the International School Dhaka (ISD) in Bangladesh. For me, home is the UK and the Philippines where my wife and children currently live. I have a BA (Honours) degree in librarianship from Leeds Polytechnic (now called Leeds Beckett University) and I became a Chartered Associate of the Library Association (UK) in 1991. Becoming Chartered was more common in those days than doing a Master’s degree.

How long have you been working in International schools and where have you worked?

I have been a Librarian for over 30 years, starting out in public libraries in the UK before moving to college libraries. I left the UK in 2007 to start working internationally, and have worked in Japan, the UAE, Qatar, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and now Bangladesh.

What was your career in the UK before you worked internationally?

I started my career in public libraries (because there were more job opportunities in that sector when I graduated) but in 1996 I moved to London as a college librarian. In 2001 I returned to my home county of Lancashire where I worked as a Reference Librarian, a prison librarian and finally again as a college librarian. In 2007 I decided to work overseas to gain new experiences.

What do you think about how we can make an effective school Library?

Involve your students and teachers – invite and encourage class visits to share research skills lessons and literature appreciation, encourage staff and student recommendations for new stock purchases.

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A group of library and archives professionals visits InfoFort

A group of library and archives professionals along with historians visited InfoFort 22 Mile, Savar, on 01 December 2018. InfoFort is a leading Records and Information Management Solution Provider in the Middle East and Africa offering services in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, and Uganda. They have started their operation in Bangladesh since 2014.

In response to the invitation of InfoFort Director & CEO Mr M.H. Khusru, Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS) organized the programme. Professor Dr Sharif Uddin Ahmed, » Read more

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