Inauguration of free online course ‘Python for research’ by BRBD

Md. Monirul Islam

April 1, 2021

A free orientation class of ‘Python for Research’ was arranged by the popular Facebook group ‘Be Researcher BD-BRBD’ in Bangladesh. The program started at 7.00 pm on March 31, 2021, and ended at 8.10 pm. Out of 1061 registered researchers, teachers and students from more than 110 educational institutions in the country and abroad, 75 people were selected for the course through the online quiz and special rules.

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2nd i-IKM conference is heading to Dhaka virtually

Md. Monirul Islam

April 02, 202

The Department of Information Studies and Library Management, East West University (EWU), Dhaka, Bangladesh, announced the 2nd International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (i-IKM) scheduled to be held from 24-26 June 2021 virtually due to the pandemic situation. The conference will offer a pathway of quality information and knowledge management and dissemination updates from the key experts. It will run an opportunity to recognize the role of information and knowledge management.

This conference’s theme is “Information and Knowledge Management, Innovation and Awareness for Sustainable Library and Information Institutions.” The conference focuses on the importance of information and knowledge creation, store, capture, and pluralize to ensure the libraries and information institutions’ sustainability. It also concentrates on innovation and awareness in the libraries and information Institutions to cope with diversified situations.

The national and international scholars and practitioners from the LIS field are invited to submit their research paper at the conference. Professor Dr Mohammed Farashuddin Honorable Chief Advisor and Founder Vice Chancellor, East West University & Former Governor (Bangladesh Bank) is the advisor of the conference. And Dr Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Information Studies and Library Management, EWU is the chair of the 2nd i-IKM conference.

The key dates are to remember-
Last day of abstract submission: April 30 2021,
Last day of complete paper submission: June 01 2021, Last day of registration: June 17 2021,
Inaugural program of Conference: June 24 2021, Abstract acceptance notification: May 07 2021, full paper Acceptance notification: June 10 2021,
PPT submission: June 20 2021, and inaugural program starts: June 24, 2021.
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School and college librarians have been given ‘teacher’ status


Infographic: Prodip Roy, under the CCBY

Since the establishment of the National Education Policy 2010, the position of school librarian was created in Bangladesh. Since the school librarian recruitment, there was a massive conflict and confusion surrounding the school librarians roles. The role of assistant librarian was removed from the third and fourth-class employees list in the partial amendment order issued on January 8, 2013. In this order, the assistant librarians were treated as teaching staff. On the other hand, the revised regulations of the Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board issued on December 22, 2016, stated that “librarians, assistant librarians and any staff appointed for office management or part-time teaching shall not be considered as teachers.” Since then, the assistant librarians have been struggling with their position status and demanding the return of their teacher status through a government order (The Daily Star, 2021).

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Boibondhu book exchange festival takes place at Rabindra Sarobar

Amrita Das

March 17, 2021

Boibondhu’s book trade festival at Rabindra Sarobar, Dhanmondi.

The foundation Boibundhu arranged the Book Exchange Festival in the premises of Robindro Sorobor, Dhanmondi on February 26, 2021, which was joined by an unimaginable number of booklovers from morning to dusk. Initially, Boibundhu was a foundation of four friends. Once read a book, it becomes old for many people. Sometimes the book is kept on the book shelve. But if we exchange books with each other without leaving them on the shelves, the books come back to life and it increases human knowledge.

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IUB celebrates Mujib 100 Years and National Library Day 2021

Dilruba Rahman Eva

March 17, 2021

Photo: IUB Academic Repository

Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) Library arranged an award-giving ceremony of the competition on library e-resources used during the pandemic and inaugurated the library’s world religion corner to celebrate the National Library Day-2021 & 100 years of Mujib on 23rd February 2021. Professor Dr Milan Pagon, Vice-Chancellor (Acting) of IUB, was present as the event’s chief guest.

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Sufia Kamal National Public Library and Sporsho Foundation inaugurate Braille Corner

Md. Monirul Islam

March 16, 2021

A Braille Corner for the visually impaired was set up at the Sufia Kamal National Public Library in collaboration with the Sparsh Foundation on the occasion of the Mujib Year. State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, MP, Md Abubakar Siddique, Director-General of the Department of Public Library and Nazia Jabeen, President of Sporsho Foundation, along with other officials were present at the event.

Afterwards, on the occasion of Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday and National Children’s Day 2021 on March 17, the State Minister of Cultural Affairs addressed the inaugural function of a three-day book exhibition and cultural program jointly organized by the Department of Public Libraries and National Library Center. Secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Mr Md. Badrul Arefin presided over the function. Mr Md. Abubakar Siddique, Director General of the Department of Public Libraries and Mr Mozammel Babu, Editor-in-Chief of Ekattar TV addressed the function as special guests. Mr Minar Mansur, Director, National Book Center and eminent poet and journalist gave a welcome address on the occasion.

The corner consists of 90 books, including biographies, children’s stories, poems, and many more in its collection. Many of the books focus on the history of Bangladesh’s Liberation War.

Lessons from the COVID pivot: Community engagement now and in the future


Date and time: Thursday, March 18, 2021 3:00 pm
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When put to the test with COVID-19 restrictions, public libraries pivoted quickly to evolve tactics and outreach. Join three passionate public library leaders as they share lessons learned and updated visions for how to elevate engagement to meet changing community needs—now and in the future.

Panellists include:

  • Nate Coulter, Executive Director, Central Arkansas Library System
  • Brigitte Blanton, Director, Greensboro Public Library
  • Cordelia Anderson, Library Marketing Consultant

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Information architecture for LIS professionals: An online workshop held

Nawshaba Bulia Prova

March 3, 2021

The iSAPT Virtual Academy (A research wing of iSAPT Virtual Academy) arranged an online workshop on “Information architecture for LIS professionals” on 27 February 2021 (Saturday) at iSAPT Young Researchers Forum (iSAPTYRF) by using the zoom platform. Library and information professionals of the 21st century require a thorough understanding of information architecture, which focuses on the logical organisation of web information and also proper navigation, labelling and a range of other activities to support usability and findability.

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Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) membership: ASIS&T offers free membership to Developing Nation’s librarians, information scientists, and researchers

March 3, 2021

ASIS&T Membership is free for the developing nation’s including Bangladesh, library professionals, information scientists, researchers and LIS students under a Tier 2 Developing Nation membership categories.

Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Executive Director Lydia S. Middleton, has recently confirmed this information in a statement issued on the occasion of The Librarian Times fourth anniversary celebrations.

“We are proud to offer membership at no cost to librarians, information scientists, and researchers in Bangladesh”- Lydia S. Middleton.

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Celebration National Library Day 2021 and inauguration ceremony of the newly elected LAB council held in Dhaka

Joy Rozario, February 10, 2021

Photo credit: Joy Rozario

On February 6, 2021- Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB) organised a grandiose program at Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Shahbagh, Dhaka to celebrate National Library Day-2021 under the theme ‘library in every house is the pledge of Mujib year’. On the same day, an inauguration ceremony of newly elected LAB council was held arranged by LAB for the first time in its history.

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