An Orientation Program Held at Gazipur Library Science and Professional Institute

Ahasan, Dhaka, 4 July 2018

An Orientation Program of the third batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science was held on Saturday, 30 June 2018 at Gazipur Library Science and Professional Institute, Gazipur. Professor Zarina Sultana, Bhawal Badra Alam Government College was the Chief Guest while Advocate Rezaur Rahman Laskar (Mith), Vice-Chairman, Kapasia Upazilla Parishad was Special Guest. Mr Md. Anwar Hossain, Principal, Gazipur Library Science and Professional Institute delivered the welcome speech. Principal AKM Moksedur Rahman, Chairman, Gazipur Library Science and Professional Institute presided over the event. One hundred and twenty students have enrolled in the third batch (session 2018-2019) for Post Graduate Diploma Course. This is an affiliated institute by the National University, Bangladesh. Faculty and staff members of the Institute, other invited guests were present to make the event successful.

Alauddin Talukder Education Scholarship introduced

Nonigopal, RU, 4 July 2018

Alauddin Talukder Education Scholarship has been introduced in the Department of Information Science and Library Management of Rajshahi University. A signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and a check of Tk 10 lakh was handed over to the Deans Complex on Tuesday, 3 July 2018. This scholarship will be given to 5 meritorious and deserving students of the graduate (Honors) and postgraduate degrees in the department every year. Alauddin Talukder (Late) a Former Librarian (1983-1986) of Rajshahi University.

Professor M. Abdus Sobhan, Vice Chancellor, RU attended the event as the chief guest while Professor Ananda Kumar Saha, Pro Vice-Chancellor RU attended the event as the special guest. Professor Md. Fakhrul Islam, Dean, Social Science Faculty and the education Scholarship Donor Ms Hasina Talukder were present in the event while Dr Mohammad Khalid Alam, chairman, Department of Information Science and Library Management presided over the program. Professor Md. Shariful Islam also spoke on the occasion.


Dr Golam Mostafa awarded ETD 2018 Taiwan Conference Travel Scholarship

Nonigopal, RU, 4 July 2018

Dr Md. Golam Mostafa, Deputy Librarian, University of Rajshahi has been awarded a Travel Grants to attend the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD 2018): “Beyond the Boundaries of Rims and Oceans: Globalizing Knowledge with ETDs” will be held from 26 – 28 September 2018 at Taipei, Taiwan. He will present a paper titled “Status of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Services in the Three Public University Libraries in Bangladesh: An Overview.”

This Travel Scholarship was announced on May 31st, 2018

Other winners

Dr Dilara Begum receives World Education Congress Global Awards

Ahasan, Dhaka, 7 July 2018

World Education Congress Global Awards (for excellence in education, leadership and teaching) 7th Edition was held on 5-6 July 2018 at Taj Lands End, Bandra (West), Mumbai, India.

In the said event, Dr Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Information Studies and Library Management and Librarian (Acting) East West University, Dhaka has been awarded the prestigious award “Prof. Indira Parikh 50 Women in Education Leaders.” The award has been given to 50 women who are contributing for the betterment of their sectors. ‘World Education Congress’ award is generally given to the persons who contribute for changing social values and lives of large numbers of people.


It is indeed a great achievement of our profession. On the behalf of TLT Congratulations to Dr Dilara Begum.


BdREN and its Library connectivity and services

Ahasan, Dhaka, 4 July 2018

The University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh On behalf of the Ministry of Education (MoE), is currently implementing the Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN) under the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) with assistance of the World Bank.  It Connects all universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, healthcare and agricultural institutions across the country and to support geographically dispersed academics, scientists and researchers with reliable access to high-end computing, simulation tools and datasets. BdREN will eventually be operated by a Non-profit Trust organization with a board of trustees consisting of representatives from the universities/user communities. BdREN offers different services like Digital Library Access, Cloud Computing, Training and Capacity Building, Unified Communications, Consultancy etc.

 Recent Event:

A two-day International Symposium from 2nd and 3rd July 2018 on “Tech-cultural Exchange Beyond CP: Cultural Transformation in Digital Ecosystem” was held at the Samson H. Chowdhury Centre, Dhaka Club. BdREN arranged the symposium under the auspices of Asia@Connect Project administered by Trans Eurasia Information Network*Corporation Centre (TEIN*CC), South Korea. Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, opened the symposium as the chief guest with Professor Dr Md. Akhtar Hossain, Member, UGC, in the chair. AKM Habibur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN), delivered the welcome address at the inaugural ceremony of the symposium on 2nd July 2018.
Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, chair of the eCulture Working Group of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), gave an introduction to the keynote speaker. Daeyoung Kim, former professor of Chungnam National University, spoke on the Experiences and challenges of cyber performance at the inaugural session of the symposium.
In the 2nd session of the day three presentations on ‘Implementing experience of cyber performance in Vietnam’, ‘Implementing experience of cyber performance in India and some new idea for cyber performance’, and ‘Mediatization of culture’ were made respectively by Nguyen Hong, Director of the Advanced Science and Technology Information Network Centre of Vietnam, Hari Krishna Atluri, Assistant Director of EARNET, India and Dr. ASM Asaduzzaman, Associate Professor of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Dhaka University. Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, chair of the eCulture Working Group of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), was the moderator of this session. IT professionals, faculty members of public and private universities and cultural activist are attending the symposium.

Day 2 (July 3 2018)

Alain Baumann, a French composer, media artist, programmer and developer of innovative audiovisual instruments, is delivering a presentation on “When art meets network: new formats for the performing arts” at the second day.

2nd session of the second day, the session was moderated by Boncheol Goo, Special Researcher, Institute for High Technology in Jelu National University, South Korea and also the Co-Chair of APAN e-Culture Working Group. Boncheol Goo also delivered a presentation on ‘Network delay as a new media’ in the session. Another presentation in the session was delivered by Alain Baumann, a French composer, media artist, programmer and developer of innovative audiovisual instruments, on “When art meets network: new formats for the performing arts”. Rosa Sánchez, a multidisciplinary and multi-media artist & choreographer of Spain made the last presentation in the session on “Drawing lines for a cooperative world”.

The and last session of the symposium was on “Future of cyber performance” which was moderated by the Nguyen Hong Van, Director of the Advance Science and Technology Information Network Centre of Vietnam. Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, chair of the e Culture Working Group of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), delivered a presentation on “Cyber Performances – Challenges and Opportunities for the Future” while AKM Habibur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Research and Education Network made a presentation on “Sustainability of Networked Performance” in the session. Bhushan Raj Shrestha, founder chairman of Nepal Research and Education Network delivered a presentation on Cyber-performance – A New Perspective for Cultural Transformation in the session.

The programme was ended with a fascinating cultural show followed by a dinner at the said event. Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Professor Dr Md. Akhtar Hossain and Professor Dr Dil Afroza Begum, Members, UGC, officials and consultants of UGC and HEQEP joined the event along with delegates from different parts of the world.

The Librarian Times Webinar: Call For Presenters

NextGen: LIS learning innovation and exchanging knowledge

Call For Presenters

We are pleased to invite you to conduct a live webinar presentation as a presenter. The Librarian Times is hosting a series of live webinars for Bangladeshi Library and Information professionals, academics, researchers and students. It would be such a huge privilege to have you at this special webinar series.


The expected presenters:

Mahtab U Ahmad

Learning Resource Center Manager, Strayer University, USA

Title: How to conduct a Reference Interview? The role of the reference librarian in higher studies


Dr Md. Anwarul Islam

University Librarian, Sher-e Bangla Agriculture University and

General Secretary, Library Association Bangladesh (LAB)

Title: Wikipedia: How to create contents? Opportunities for Librarians


Jakaria Rahman, PhD

Bibliometric Analyst, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Title: i) Bibliometics Analyst as a profession for ISLM graduates;

ii) Higher study in abroad for ISLM graduates: challenges and opportunities

iii) Open access, Open research data, Open citations: how library professionals contribute.



Exploring expert: networking and making professional relationship:


One of the aims of the webinar series is about exploring the hidden Bangladeshi LIS talents who are working around the world and representing Bangladeshi LIS sectors. Through this webinar series, everyone will have the opportunity to get to know about you and your expertise in the field. We believe the live presentation will be inspiring professionals particularly to the new LIS generation from different organizations including the universities. The border aim is to exchange idea among the fellow library professionals in Bangladesh.


We will be using the zoom webinar technology:

Roles In A Webinar:


Who will be the host?

Editor, The Librarian Times

Facebook live?

The webinar also will be connecting with Facebook Live.

Participant registration, audience management, Q&A, polling, voting, Facebook live?

The host will organise everything for you.


As the presenter, the audience will look forward to hearing about your experience, knowledge on the particular topic. A total of 40 minutes including questions and answers session would be perfect. Everyone is certainly thrilled and excited to hear your thoughts on this webinar presentation as we are going to implement the zoom technology for the first time in LIS sector in Bangladesh.

Interested presenters are requested to email the following information to no later than July 30, 2018.

  1. A short biography of you (150 -170 Words)
  2. Title of presentation and learning outcomes
  3. Your suitable time to present (Please consider Bangladeshi time)

Training on Basic ICT Training for Librarian launched at BANBEIS, Dhaka

Ahasan, Dhaka, 30 June 2018


Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) organized a 14 days long basic ICT (Information and Communication Technology) training for Librarian which was started on 24 June 2018 and scheduled to be completed on 07 July 2018. Total eighty participants clustering of 20 participants of each group namely 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th batch are receiving this training at Bangladesh Korea ICT Training Centre for education(BKITCE), BANBEIS, Polashi, Dhaka. Training participants are from different college and school Librarians as well as Assistant Librarians those who have no training experiences earlier. Several persons are participating from the different Ministries of Bangladesh. Expertise staff of Bangladesh Computer Council have been working as the facilitators in this training. Out of fourteen days LAB based training two days are allocated for field visit for getting practical and real-life experience. Each of the participants will be receiving Tk. 4840 as an honorarium.

To make the mentioned event successful, BANBEIS authority organized an inaugural session on 24 June 2018 at their auditorium. Chief Guest of the programme was Dr Oruna Biswas, Additional Secretary (Administration and Finance), Secondary and Higher Secondary Division, Ministry of Education while Mr Md. Shamsul Alam, Chief, Bureau of Statistics chaired the session.

Mr Md. Abu Taher Khan, Sr. Systems Analyst has been working as training coordinator.

IFLA WLIC Congress attendance grant 2018, Dil Ruksana Basunia awarded

Ahasan and Mukta, Dhaka, 30 June 2018


Dil Ruksana Basunia, Deputy Librarian, University of Chittagong has been awarded for the 2018 recipients of the Academic & Research Libraries Attendance Grants of The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to attend World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) from 24-30 August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Dil Ruksana will attend the IFLA Congress and will present paper and also will take part in different discussion groups. Also will meet library professionals around the world. Transform libraries, transform societies

It is mentioning that Dil Ruksana Basunia has been working Corresponding  Member at Asia and Oceania Section of IFLA since 2015.

Sage and ExLibris are the sponsors for this category of grant of the incumbent WLIC.

Other Grant winners to attend IFLA Congress in KL in August 2018 are:


Ms Attya Shahid – National University of Computers and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan


Ms Adaora Chigozie Obuezie – Anambra State College of Health Technology, Obosi, Anambra State, Nigeria

Ms Kelemwork Agafari Kassahun/Madibela – Botho University, Botswana

The main source of the above information:

National University and The Librarian Times Joint Seminar: Media coverage

The event news has got media coverage in 25 national dailies till 30 June 2018. Indeed this is a good sign for library professionals towards positive changes.



University of Hull, UK team visited North South University Library

Tanveer,NSU, Dhaka, 30 June 2018

Lynne Barrow, Associate Dean (International), University of Hull, the UK with her team visited North South University Library yesterday (25 June 2018) accompanied by Dr Katherine Li, Director, Office of External Affairs, NSU. The purpose of the visit was to explore the NSU Library overall facilities, resources, access to information, research support, library space, the effect of services etc. prior to signing MOU. University Librarian, Dr Md. Zahid Hossain Shoeb outlined the strength and facilities of NSU Library mentioning the effective use of Main Study Hall, Cyber Center, Reference Section, Researchers Area, Archival Section, Quiet Study Area, General Study Area, Faculty Corner etc. which offering a calm, quiet, neutral space, where NSU Library users can access resources and information for work, research or leisure. Unlike these areas, students have a great affinity to the large Study Hall due to group discussion facilities.

Dr Zahid also discoursed that NSU Library is the pioneer of using state-of-the-art RFID technology, e-resource subscription, use of library research tools and training programme for the faculty members and the graduate as well undergrad students. The visitors appreciated the efforts of NSU Library. Sr. Asst Librarian, Mr MM Shoeb, Assistant Librarian, Md. Abdul Hakim, Library officer Tanveer Ahsanofficers other and support staff were also present during this visit.

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