Training on Skill Development: building information modelling’ held at BUET Central Library

Ahasan, Dhaka, 22 June 2018A two-day long Training on “Skill Development: Building Information Modelling’ from 09 June 2018 to 10 June 2018 was held at seminar room of Central Library, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). The Department of Architecture, BUET, arranged the said training under a subproject of Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) titled “Development of ICT based teaching and learning facilities at the Department of Architecture, BUET to enhance the quality of architecture education in Bangladesh”.

Dr Gauranga Chandra Mohanta ndc, Project Director of HEQEP, attended the inaugural ceremony of the training as the chief guest with Dr Md. Ashikur Rahman Joarder, professor of the Department of Architecture, BUET, and also the SPM of the subproject in the chair. Professor Dr Khandaker Shabbir Ahmed, Head of the Department of Architecture, BUET, delivered a speech as the special guest on this occasion. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, BUET, conducted the training as the instructor. A total of 25 students of the Department of Architecture, BUET took part in the training.

Training on Community Engagement for Public Libraries held at Bogura

Ahasan, Dhaka, 22 June 2018

A two-day extended training on “Community Engagement for Public Libraries” from 08-09 June 2018 was held at Hotel Naz Garden, Bogura. Seventeen participants from different government public libraries working in the northern region of Bangladesh participated in the training programme. Libraries Unlimited project and the Ministry of Cultural affairs were involved in arranging this training. Several topics including Identifying Stakeholders among the Community, Analysing Community Engagement Practices, Activities by Government public libraries, BRAC Gonokendro, British Council Library, Bisso Sahitya Kendra, Levels of Community Engagement, Ways or Types of Engagement with the Community, Working with Community Advocacy,Social Mobilization, Programme Communication, Skills for Community Engagement, Evaluation of Community Engagement Activities, Outlining a Community Engagement Plan were covered in the training. To learn the mentioned topics, organisers followed different methods and techniques such as brainstorming, self-image, Card Collection and Clustering, Small group work and presentation, participatory discussion and feedback.

To make the event successful a group of resource persons conducted the sessions including Mr.Shakil Sinha and Mr Ali Ahmed. At the end of the training the participants and the resource persons visited several historical places of Bogra including Mohastangir as part of sightseeing tour.

The similar type of event was also held at Barishal on 04-05 June 2018.

Little note: In collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and supported by Department of Public Libraries, the British Council in Bangladesh are re-imagining the public library sector through an exciting project, Libraries Unlimited.

Ms Sonia Naznin has been awarded MPhil degree

Apu, Dhaka, 18 June 2018Ms Sonia Naznin has been awarded MPhil degree in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka. Her research topic is titled Information for Social Innovation: An Evaluation of Government and NGOs Initiatives in Bangladesh.” The primary supervisor for this study was Professor Dr Md Shiful Islam.

Ms Naznin obtained both her B.A (Hons.) and M.A degree in Information Science and Library Management from the same University. Currently, she is working at Eastern University, Dhaka, as an Assistant Librarian and In Charge of the Library.

As a researcher, her research interest areas included digital library: software, systems, services, ICT, E-Resources, E-Learning, user behaviour, open access, information literacy, knowledge management, social and service innovation.

Prize and Certificate Award Session Held at Chattogram Divisional Government Public Library

Ahasan, Dhaka, 22 June 2018


Chattogram Divisional Government Public Library organised several competitions including Book reading, Easy Writing, Recitation, and Drawing on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Intendance Day and National Day of Bangladesh, Bangla New Year, and 119th Birthday of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. To give award and certificate, they organised a Prize and Certificate Award Session on 11 June 2018 at Chattogram Divisional Government Public Library, Chattogram.

Mr Md. Habibur Rahman, Additional District Commissioner, Chattogram was the Chief Guest while Mr Abdul Alim, Associate Professor, Chattogram City College, Chattagram was the Special Guest. Mr Riaz Uddin, Principal Librarian Cum Deputy Director Chaired and presided over the event. Different age groups of several educational institutions continuing students took part of the mentioned event.  To form a bridge to the community and public library this kind of events are received appreciation to all.

Library Consortium of Bangladesh (LiCOB): What is happening?


Special Coordination meeting held at Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS)

To discuss the progress of current activities of the Library Consortium of Bangladesh (LiCOB), a meeting was held on 19 June 2018 in the Conference Room of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS), Agargaon, Dhaka. Seven library professionals and one from another field including Prof. Dr SM Zabed Ahmed, Librarian (Acting), University of Dhaka, Dr Abdullah Shams Bin Tariq, Department of Physics, Rajshahi University, Dr Md. Nazim Uddin, Sr. Manager, Library and Information Services Unit, International Center For Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (icddr,b), Dr Mirza Mohd. Rezaul Islam, Librarian, Islamic University of Technology(IUT), Dr Md. Anwarul Islam, Librarian, Sher e Bangla Agriculture University(SAU), Mr. Hossam Haider Chowdhury, Librarian, Independent University Bangladesh (IUB), Ms. Hazera Rahman, Librarian, BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology, Dr. Dilruba Mahbuba, Chief Librarian, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies(BIDS) were invited for the said meeting.  Bangladesh INASP-PERI consortium formally started in 2007 with 13 institutions. Now the regular member of this consortium is around 50, and they are accessing several journals, e-books and databases under the consortium.