IFLA Congress is an absolute platform of professional development and networking for library professionals

IFLA WLIC 2018: IFLA Congress is an absolute platform of professional development and networking for library professionals

Dil Ruksana Basunia

Deputy Librarian, University of Chittagong, Chittagong- 4331

First of all, I would like to thank Md. Habibur Rahman for giving me the opportunity to attend the seminar titled “A national-level network for agricultural library and information centres in Bangladesh”. The seminar was very motivating and offered the opportunity to learn many issues including current trends of agricultural Library and information systems in Bangladesh. As a presenter, I find it was a very enriching experience for me. I would like to share and describe briefly below on my presentation as an abstract.

IFLA WLIC is the biggest platform for professional exposure, where professionals can meet other library professionals from all over the world; they can share ideas and views among themselves. Professionals can also know what is going on in other country libraries regarding service and technology and they can adopt as per their own library requirements. Professionals can meet and know different professional bodies all around the world can meet and talk with the members/staff of the bodies and may get involved with. During the IFLA Congress, I have discovered that Librarianship is a great profession where there are so many tremendous opportunities to contribute in building a scholarly society as well as a nation. I have met with many reputed university librarians and get the opportunity to know what are new services and technologies they have implemented or the way in implementing phase in their libraries. How does this impact on the users? Also, I have learnt about how the broad of IFLA work with different projects. There are so many IFLA projects are currently going on i.e. IFLA Global Vision, Library Map etc. Also, I had conversations with many library professionals from all over the world and established a professional connection which I will continue with my rest of the career the same as with IFLA members/staff. I hope my paper about IFLAWLIC 2018 experience will give a brief overview about IFLA Congress, Congress Programs, how to choose sessions to attend during the Congress and will give a clear idea about IFLA and how Bangladeshi Library Professionals can get involve with IFLA through their institutions or as an individual.

A Book Review program held at Bangladesh Bank Library

Apu, Dhaka, 23 September 2018

A book review program was held on 4 September 2018 at projection room of Bangladesh Bank Library. Ms Chowdhury Dilruba Shoma, joint director of Bangladesh Bank discussed the book entitled New Perspectives on “Women Entrepreneurs” Edited by John E. Butler. The book presents papers offering perspectives on the theme of women entrepreneurs. A volume of several papers focusing on research in entrepreneurship and management is included in the book. How the development of women’s entrepreneurship is becoming a big issue in developed as well as in many developing countries has been focused here.

The Chief Economist Dr Faisal Ahmed was present the review program as the chief while Mr Md. Mahbubar Rahman, general manager of library chaired the session. Around 35 participants attended the program and participated in a lively discussion session.

A series of Library Orientation Programs held at Bangladesh Bank Library

Apu, Dhaka, 23 September 2018

Bangladesh Bank (BB) Library recently organised a series of orientation programs on the library services for newly recruited employees. Around 200 Assistant Directors, 223 Cash Officers and 23 Assistant Programmers have been recruited in Bangladesh Bank recently. The aims of the orientation program were to focus on the library facilities and to provide valuable information on how to use the library resources and services effectively.

Mr Md. Mahbubar Rahman, General Manager of the library was the chief guest at the program. Ms Tasnim Fatema and Mr Mohd. Mohiuddin Hawlader were also present at the event. Mr Sasanka Kumar Singha, Joint Director, Ms Shamsun Nahar Toran, Mr Rajib Mandal and Mr A.K.M. Nurul Alam, Deputy Director conducted different sessions on the program. As a part of the regular activity, BB library frequently organizes library orientation program for employees.

Book Donation program is going on at Bangladesh Bank

Apu, Dhaka, 23 September 2018

With a focus on increasing reading behaviour and the library promotional activity, a book donation program arranged by Bangladesh Bank library which has been started since 16 September 2018 at the (BB) Library. During the program, BB employees can collect books and magazines from selected collections for free. Till then, a huge response has been received and a good number of employees collected books and magazines.

The program will be continuing until 30 September 2018.

Since 2017, BB library organises the book donation program every September of the year.