Governing Board team of Islamic University of Technology (IUT) visited IUT and its library on 22 January 2020. H. E. Mr Mussibov Askar, Assistant Secretary-General, OIC, H.E. Mr Habib Migadde, Chairman of the Governing Board, IUT, H.E. Ambassador Iya Tidjiani, Ambassador of the Republic of Cameroon in Riyadh, H.E. Barrister Yakubu Ahmed Danfuloti, Barrister, Nigeria, Dr Omar Jah, Vice-Chancellor of IUT. Prof. Dr Md. Anayet Ullah Patwari, Head BTM and library in charge were present in this visit.
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Mr K. M Khaled honourable State Minister, Ministry of Cultural Affairs inaugurated Online ISBN Service on 24 December 2019 at National Archives convention Centre, Agargaon, Dhaka. Director-General of Department of Archives and Libraries Mr Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan conducted the session, Mr. Farid Ahmed, President Bangladesh Knowledge and Creative Publishers was the special guest in the inauguration session.
A daylong training workshop on IEEE Xplore Digital Library organized by University Grants Commission (UGC) Digital Library (UDL) was held on Tuesday,03 December 2019 at UGC auditorium.
UGC Chairman Professor Dr Kazi Shahidullah was present as the chief guest while UGC members Professor Dr Dil Afroza Begum, Professor Dr Md Sazzad Hossain and Professor Dr Muhammed Alamgir were present as the special guests. UGC member Professor Dr Md Akhtar Hossain presided over the opening session.
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The Department of Archives and Library has achieved the first position in the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in implementing the Annual Performance Contract for the financial year 2018-19. For the mentioned financial year, they secured the first position among the 17 divisions and organs under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Dr Md. Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal NDC, Secretary of Ministry of Cultural Affairs chaired the session in the Meeting Room of said Ministry on 8 December 2019.
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An International Symposium on “Empowering the Library and Information Professionals for Achieving the SDGs” co-organised by the Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka and the Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) South Asia Chapter was held on 10 February 2020 at Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka.
In the opening ceremony of the symposium, Professor Dr Md. Akhtaruzzaman, Honourable Vice-Chancellor, the University of Dhaka attended as the chief guest. Professor Dr Abu Md. Delwar Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Dhaka attended the event as the special guest. Chairman of the Department of Information Science and Library Management Professor Dr Kazi Mostak Gausul Hoq presided over the inaugural session.
The keynote paper was presented by Dr Samuel K. W. Chu, Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Learning Leadership, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. The keynote title was Challenges and Opportunities for Information Professionals to Achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals mainly focused on how Information Professionals can help make an impact on ending poverty, good health and well-being, quality education and innovation.
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Bangladesh National Scientific and Technical Documentation Centre organized a daylong workshop on 14 November 2019 at Agargaon, Dhaka. Ms Jesmin Aktar, Director General (Additional Secretary) presided over the session while Mr Md. Mubassir Ahsan, Assistant Librarian(Library In-Charge), Southeast University and Mr Habiba Kibria Chowdhury, Assistant Librarian, Jahangirnagar University worked as resource persons. It was an in-house session for the BANSDOC staff members to learn about Integrated Library Management Software “Koha”.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Department of Public Libraries, the Librarian Times celebrated the National Library Day 2020. The event, ‘Porbo Boi Gorbo Desh, Bangabandhur Bangladesh’, consisted of a rally, discussion session and cultural programme.
The National Library Day was first recognised by the government on February 5, 2018, to raise public awareness about libraries.
Nonigopal Roy, Rajshahi
The National Library of Bangladesh organised a 10-day long training program on Modern Library Management (8th Batch) on January 19 – 29, 2020 at its premises.
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Md. Ahasan Habib participates the fifty years celebration of OIC in Jeddah, KSA
The Islamic body OIC organised a ceremony on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) from 25-28 November 2019.
Mr Md. Ahasan Habib, Assistant Librarian, Islamic University of Technology (IUT) participated in the programme as of the delegate members. Mr Ahasan Habib met with His Excellency Yousef Bin Ahmad Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Othaimeen, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at Leylaty Hall, Jeddah. During this tour, he visited Central Library of the OIC Headquarter and discussed with Mr Mohamed Khalil Atta, Library and Information Science Specialist, regarding the library system and services and its collection. The high officials of the OIC headquarters greeted him as well.
Mr Ahasan is the first-ever library professional who got this opportunity on behalf of IUT.
Prodip Roy AALIA (DCP) Library Officer, (Digital Collections)
RMIT University Library & Editor in Chief, TLT
Today, Bangladesh is celebrating the national library day 2020. What is the next step in libraries’ commitment to being an active force in the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the country? It’s a time to consider sketching targets for libraries 2020-2030 for sustainable development goals.
The United Nations (UN) held a meeting in New York at the end of September 2019 for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda with a total of 169 Targets spanning economic, environmental and social development. They outlined a plan for all countries to actively work to make the world better for the people, without anyone left behind.
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