Library Makerspace: New Experience as a LIS Professional of Bangladesh

Syeda Mukta Begum, 9 January 2019

What is makerspace?

Why should we know about makerspace?

What is going to happen to us if we know about makerspace?

Does makerspace connect to the libraries?

My first experience with makey makey!

Makerspace is the common name in developing countries nowadays. A makerspace is the place where people can get together to show their creativity. A library should be the centre of modern innovation. Therefore, a library should have makerspace for creativity and innovation in Bangladesh. Makerspace is the modern library service for the users in the organization. The Librarians could use modern tools and digital technologies to encourage more creativity and innovation in the library.  They could use modern tools like 3D and 4D printers, more audio and visual kit, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras, Lego, makey makey, coding, robotics, paper craft, origami and other hardware and software tools for running different projects for the users to encourage innovation.

One of my colleagues from International School Dhaka (ISD) Mr Troy Harkin who is running makerspace at ISD shared his personal opinions regarding maker space in the libraries.

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Asif Iqbal, a System Analyst in the E-Library, Faculty of Business Studies wants to build a career on Digital Library Management System

“Now I am concentrating my career on Digital Library Management System and Information Science. I am requesting you to pray for my newly started career.”- Asif Iqbal

Mukta, Melbourne 

Mr Asif Iqbal has joined as a System Analyst in the E-Library, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka.  Prior to joining at the E-Library, he worked as a Deputy Manager in the ICT Division at BASIC Bank Ltd. from 2010 to 2018. Earlier he worked at BRAC Bank Ltd.

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A seminar on Role of Librarian in Ensuring Quality Higher Education held at the Asian University, Dhaka

A seminar on “Role of Librarian in Ensuring Quality Higher Education” was held at the Asian University, Dhaka on January 18, 2019. The Department of Information Science and Library Management organised this event. Mr Mahtab U Ahmed, learning resources centre manager, Strayer University Library, USA. was present in the seminar as the keynote speaker.

Mr Mahtab U Ahmed focussed on the latest technological tools for the library professionals and how these are supporting and ensuring fulfilment of higher education’s mission in today’s information-intensive world.

Be Visible : an expert advice on academic publishing strategies in a seminar held at IUT Library ICT Centre, Gazipur

Ahasan, Dhaka, 12 January 2019

The library of the Islamic University of Technology (IUT) has organized a seminar on ‘Academic publishing’ on 10 January 2019. Dr Omar Jah, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the IUT was the Chief Guest. Dr Jakaria Rahman, Bibliometric Analyst of the Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) was the resource person and delivered a lecture on ‘Be Visible: academic publishing strategies’. Dr Mirza Mohd. Rezaul Islam, Librarian of the IUT was the program chair.

Dr Jakaria delivering his speech on the academic publishing

The Chief guest appreciated the initiative of the IUT library for bringing in such a timely topic of discussion. He requested the resource person to ignite the discussion and give his expert advice to the participants. The program chair host the entire seminar.

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Signing Ceremony of MOU on Collaboration between ISLM, EWU and BPATC On 26 December 2018.

Ahasan, Dhaka 12 January 2019

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the First International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (i-IKM 2019) on collaboration between Department of Information Studies and Library Management, East West University and Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) was signed on 26th December 2018. Both organizations have agreed to cooperate on the organization of the 2019 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management.

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Koha-ILS and MARC21 Training at DIU Library

Daffodil International University (DIU) Library is going to start Koha-ILS and MARC21 Training (17th Phase) from 19th April 2019 to 22nd April 2019 at DIU campus. For the skill development of the library professionals, the DIU library has been organizing Koha Software and MARC21 training in their own campus since 2012 and successfully completed their 16th phase till date. Information Professionals, Knowledge Managers, Information Entrepreneurs, Students of the LIS Education are encouraged to register for the training program.

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New Appointment: Congratulations to Mr. Nur Mahammed Golam Newaz

Syeda Mukta Begum, 12 January 2019

Mr Nur Mahammed Golam Newaz has joined as a Library Circulation Officer in the East West University (EWU) library. Prior to joining at EWU, he worked as an Online Cataloguer at Bangladesh National Parliament, Financial Management Academy and DPATC.

Mr Nur Mahammed Golam

Mr Newaz received his Honours and Master’s Degree in Information Science and Library Management, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

On behalf of TLT congratulations to him on his new career at the EWU library!

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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Inaugural Ceremony of the In-House Training Program on “Online Management and Development of the Public Libraries”

Mukta, Melbourne, 6 January 2019

The inaugural ceremony of the in-house training program on “Online Management and Development Project of the Public Libraries” was held at the Public library in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 3 January 2019.

Mr MD. Nasir Uddin Ahmed, honourable secretary of the ministry of culture was present as the chief guest in the event was, and Mr MD. Ashish Kumar Sarkar, Director General (Additional Secretary) of the Public Library Directorate was present as the special guest in the event while the event was presided over by Mr MD. Zillur Rahman, the director of the program of Public Libraries management and development project.


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