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

MoU signed between BALID and CIRDAP

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists(BALID) and the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific(CIRDAP) on 25 November 2018 at Chameli House, CIRDAP office, Topkhana Road, Dhaka-1000. Mr. Tevita G. Boseiwaqa Taginavulau, Director General, Dr. Usharani Boruah, Librarian and other high officials represented from CIRDAP whereas Dr. Mirza Mohd. Rezaul Islam, Chairman, Mr. Humayun Kabir, Secretary-General, Ms. Razina Akhter, Vice-president, Dr. Mostafizur Rahman, Member, and other present and ex officio members were present on behalf of BALID during the MoU signing moment of the said date early in the morning.

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Ms Razina Akhter, Librarian, Bangladesh Shishu Academy presented a Paper at University of Marmara, Republic of Turkey

The First International Children’s Libraries Symposium was held on 14-17 November 2018 at the University of Marmara, Istanbul, Turkey. Ms Razina Akhter, Librarian, Bangladesh Shishu Academy was invited with a grant to present a paper in the symposium. Department of Information and Records Management University of Marmara, Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism Libraries and the Publications General Directorate Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Development Directorate of KOP Regional Development Administration jointly organized the event.

Ms Rezina presented a paper on the Reading habit of Comics by children and comics as reading materials in children’s libraries with other two participants from Bangladesh.

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Freshers’ Reception and Farewell Program Held at the National University of Bangladesh for the Students of On Campus Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science Program

A colourful fresher’s reception, farewell program and certificated giving ceremony for the students of On-Campus Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Science program was held on 29 November 2018 at Senate Hall of the National University with great fervour and enthusiasm. Honourable guest Dr Md Mashiur Rahman, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Bangladesh National University delivered his thoughtful speech to the students. Students are the life of the campus, he mentioned.

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Three Library professionals have been awarded M.Phil Degree

Ahasan, Dhaka, 23, November 2018

Three Library professionals have been awarded, M.Phil Degree. The Degree was given to the researchers from a syndicate meeting with Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman in the chair on October 31, 2018. The degree holders are Mr. Shafiur Rahman, Senior Information Officer, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh icddr,b, Ms. Syeda Mukta Begum, Librarian, International School Dhaka, and Muhammad Burhan Uddin, Assistant Director, Bangladesh Bank Library.

The Librarian Times(TLT) has tried to collect a brief professional summary of the degree holders.

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Guest Lecture on Records Management held at DISLM, DU.

Joynal, DU 25 November 2018

A Guest lecture on ‘Records Management’ held at the Department of Information Science and Library Management (DISLM), the University of Dhaka on November 13, 2018. The lecture was delivered by Mr James Lowry, Lecturer, Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies, Liverpool, UK. The session was arranged at the classroom no. 1007 of the Arts Building. Selected students from all current batches were present at the lecture. Some faculties of the Dept. also attended the lecture.

Before his lecture, Mr Lowry visited the Department’s smart computer lab, seminar library and exchanged views with faculties.

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Training on Library Automation and Digitization Software SLiMS held at East Delta University

Ahasan, Dhaka, 25 November 2018

A day-long Training on Library Automation and Digitization Software SLiMS was held at East Delta University (EDU), Chittagong on 21 November 2018. SLiMS Country Coordinator (Bangladesh) Mr A.K.M. Nurul Alam (Apu) was the resource person on the programme. Mr Alam provided hands-on training on SLiMS installation and use to the participants. Sk. Md. Ali Abbas, Assistant Librarian, BAF Shaheen College was the Resource Person Associate on the training. 27 participants from different institutions including practising library professionals and students took part in the training.

Mr Nurul Islam Mahfuz, Senior Assistant Librarian, IIUC along with Mr Md. Amranul Haque, Assistant Librarian, CUET, Md. Monirul Islam, Librarian, Army Medical College Chittagong and Ms Tahmina Afrad Sharmi, Assistant Librarian, EDU organized the training programme.


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