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.

A ten-day long training course on Advanced Archival Record Management and Digital/Modern Library Management basic course held

Ahasan, Dhaka, 15 September 2018

The National Library of Bangladesh organized a ten-day long training course on Advanced Archival Record Management and Digital/ Modern Library Management from 3rd to 13th September 2018.

An inaugural session was held on 3rd September before starting the main session. Honourable minister, Mr Asaduzzaman Noor, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, MP was the Chief Guest of the session. Mr Dilip Kumar Saha, Director General, Department of Archives and Libraries, Bangladesh presided over the program. Mr Nitai Pado Das, Director, Department of Archives and Libraries also attended the session.

A number of distinguished experts were the resource persons who shared their knowledge and expertise for Digital Library Management courses: National library and national archives at a glance by Nitai Pado Das, Director, National Library and Archives, Chronological history of National Library and National Library Collection and Arrangement  by Mr Nazmus Sahadat, National Library and Archives, E-activities in Library by Dr Md. Anwarul Islam, Sher-e -Bangla Agriculture University Library, E-resources development in Libraries by Dr Md. Mizanur Rahman, Librarian, Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics(BANBEIS), Book Classification, Arrangement and Mangement by Prof. Dr Nasiruddin Munshi, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Uses of Metadata in Library, Automation, Digitization and Application of Microfilm by Muhammad Moslem Uddin, Bibliographer, National Library and Archives, Plagiarism in Academic Writing: How to Avoid it ?  by Prof. Dr Bilkis Begum, Chairperson, Lalmatia Mohila College, Dhaka, Application of National Bibliography in Koha Software National Bibliography preparation process: past and present Mr Md. Abu Daud, Bibliographer, National  Library and Archives, Archival file selection and digitization by MsTahminaAkter, Deputy Director, National Library and Archives, E-book preparation and Publication and Application of ISSN by Mr Jamal Uddin, Deputy Director, National Library and Archives, Implementation of Information Right for people’s and Muktijudho affairs cluster-wise analysis by Mr Dilip Kumar Saha, Director General, National Library and Archives, Open Access in Library Collection Development by Kanok Monirul Islam, Librarian, Prime Minister’s Office. Manuscript Management with Zotero Software by Dr Dilruba Mahbuba, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Digitization of Library resources: Bangladesh Perspective by Mohammad Hossam Haider Chowdhury, Librarian, Independent University of Bangladesh(IUB), Knowledge management in Libraries by Prof. Dr Rokonuzzaman, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Digital Library Management by Dr Mirza Mohd. Rezaul Islam, Islamic University of Technology(IUT), Promoting Special Library Services in Bangladesh by Mr Sasanka Kumar Singha, Joint Director, Bangladesh Bank Library, Importance of Library for Education Research and responsibility and functions of file management of the government employees by Mr Md. Maksudur Rahman Patwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Importance of Digitization for the collection of National Library by Md. Mizanur Rahman, Microfilm Officer, National Library and Archives, Data Entry and Customization of Koha and Koha Administration by Dr Dilara Begum, Chairperson, Department of Information Studies and Library Management, East West University, Dhaka, Managment of Libraries and Archival Institutions by Prof. Dr Meshbahul Islam, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Necessity of Digital Library Management, possibility, problems and solutions by Mr Haris Sarkar, Programmer, National Library and Archives.

Sightseeing tour: A sight-seeing tour at Muktijoddha Museum and Sher e Bangla Agricultural University Library was the part of the training. Mr Jalam Uddin, the Training Coordinator, conducted these sight-seeing sessions.

Participants: There were twenty-eight participants in Advance Archival Record Management Course whereas twenty-five participants were for Digital Library Management Course. Participants: Mr Md. MoshiurRahman, Assistant Librarian, Adinaf Fazlul Haq Government College, Shibganj, Chapainawabganj, Mr Maruf Hossain, Librarian, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Dhaka, Ms Sharmin Shahria, Assistant Director, Bangladesh Rural Development Board, Kotbari, Comilla, Ms Sahana Jahan, Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer, Vashantec Government College, Dhaka, MrProkash Marma, Librarian Cum Museum Assistant, Small Indigenous Cultural Institute, Bandarban, Ms Sonia Naznin, Assistant Librarian, Eastern University, Dhaka, Mr Md. Shobuj Mia, Assistant Librarian, Bangladesh Film Archives, Mr S.M. Sabbir Akonda, Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer, Kumudini Government College, Tangail, Ms Nadira Islam, Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer, Kurigram government college, Kurigram, Ms Dilruba Begum, Bangladesh Folk, Art and Craft Museum, Sonargaon, Narayanganj, Ms Asma Khatun, Sr. Librarian, Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation, Dhaka, Mr Md. Zibrail Hossain, Assistant Librarian, Nawab SirajUdDoulah Government College, Natore, Ms Farzana Akter, Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer, Noakhali Government Mohila College, Noakhali, Ms Sahida Khatun, Assistant Librarian, Bangladesh Public Service Commission, Dhaka, Mr Md. Kamrul Islam, Senior Librarian, Bangladesh Sericulture Research and Training Institute, Rajshahi, Ms Saiya Rani Biswas, Librarian, Government Science College, Tejgaon, Dhaka, Mr Md. Shihabul Alam, Deputy Librarian, Santo Mariam University of Creative Technology, Uttara, Dhaka, Ms Nighaar Sultana, Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer, Sirajganj Government College, Sirajganj, Mr Anisur Rahman, Junior Technical Assistant, National Library and Archives, Mr Muhammad Abdul Momen, Librarian, High Court Division, Bangladesh Supreme Court, Dhaka, Mr Md. Mohiuddin, Cataloguer, Central Library, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Mr Md. Abul Hossain, Librarian, Government Tolaram College, Narayanganj, Ms Tripti Saha, Librarian, Chandpur Government College, Chandpur, Mr SM Humayun Kabir, Assistant Librarian, National Health Library and Documentation Centre, Mohakhali, Dhaka.

Training Allowances: It was a non-residential program. The resource persons and participants both received allowances. The participants received Tk. 500/- each as daily allowance in this regard.

Closing Session: A closing session and certificate giving session were arranged for the participants on 13 September 2018. Total 53 participants received certificates from Md. Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic Bangladesh.

“Our new generation children and students must be encouraged to become library oriented getting out from Facebook”- Aunjon Chowdhury

Dilruba Rahman, North South University, Dhaka, 15 September 2018

Annual general meeting of Annada Gobinda Public Library was convened at the library quad on Saturday, 8th September 2018. Aunjon Chowdhury, managing director of Square Toiletries and Machranga Television chaired the meeting.

“Our new generation children and students must be encouraged to become library oriented getting out from Facebook,” said the businessman.

He added that “Our new generation is attached inside the house by using Facebook. They should be brought out of the house and made attentive to read books.”

Abdul Matin Khan, the secretary general of the library presented the previous year’s general meeting’s decision and the 2017-2018 financial years cost of receipt and disbursement in the meeting.

Vice-president DabirUddin Ahmed, Rabiul Islam Robi, executive member M. SaidulHaqueChunnu, Professor Shibjit Nag, Muhammad AbulMasudLal, Rabiul Islam ChoubeDablu, KajiRafikulAlam, Advocate Md. Abdul Hannan, DrMonowarulAjij and Dr Md. Habibullah also delivered their speeches.

Former freedom fighter commander HabiburRahman, lifetime member and former headmistress of Pabna government girls’ high school Roksana Khanom, lifetime member and district cultural officer Marufa Monjuri Khan attended the meeting among others.


Translated from http://newspabna.com/   Saturday 8 September 2018

In-house training program held at BUET Central Library

Ahasan, Dhaka, 15 September 2018

A two-day long training program from 11 September to 12 September 2018 was held at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) central library. Participants learned hands-on training on e-resources management and services. Mr Shah Abdul Kabej, Deputy Librarian, BUET conducted the training session as the resource person.

A total of 36 participants divided into two segments/phases (2nd phase11-12 Sep.) received the training. Subscribed, registered, consortium and open access resources were analyzed and discussed.

National champion’ in reciting and acting and ‘Gold Medalist’ as ‘National Best Child Artist’ joins as a Lecturer! Congratulation!

Mukta, Dhaka, 14 September 2018

Romana Rahman Shithi, who is the ‘National Award’ winner for seven times for participating multi-cultural activities and also an outstanding student in the Department of Information Science and Library Management (ISLM) of University of Dhaka, has recently been appointed as a Lecturer at East West University.

Prior to this, she worked as a lecturer in Department of Library and Information Science at Lalmatia Mohila College, Dhaka. Romana also had experiences to work at different libraries in Bangladesh including Scholastica International School Dhaka, North South University Library, Dhaka University Library and BANSDOC Library.

Ms Shithi completed her B.A (Hons.) and Masters in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka with an excellent academic result. She is also an MPhil researcher in the same subject at the same university.

Ms Shithi became ‘National champion’ in reciting and acting in 2005, also achieved ‘Gold Medal’ as ‘National Best Child Artist’ from Bangabandhu Jatiyo-Sishu-Kishor-Sangskritik Protijogita and ‘Silver Medal’ as ‘Best Performer’ of ‘Sruti-Sangskritik Academy’. She had a number of publications, which are given below:

Usage and Application of E-Resources in the University Libraries of Bangladesh: Prospects and Challenges
 E-Resource Management in the Private University Libraries of Bangladesh: Perception of LIS Professionals
Users Perception of E-resources in the Private University libraries of Bangladesh.

The Librarian Times congratulates her on her new role at East West University!

Asma Khatun

Asma Khatun is working as a Research Assistant at La Trobe University. She has over eight years of experience in working with academic and research libraries in different positions. She is experienced in the area of Integrated Library Management System, Record Keeping Meta Data, converting and mapping data into MARC21, Discovery Tools, Content Management System, Information Literacy, Institutional Repository and Electronic Resource Management.
In addition, she was involved in several Library Automation Projects of Bangladesh as a Resource Person of BRAC University (one of the leading private university of Bangladesh) on MARC21, LCSH, MARC Edit and Z39.50 protocol. She trained more than two hundred library professionals on MARC 21.
Moreover, she completed Bachelor, Masters and MPhil degree in Information Science and Library Management from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She attended several national and international training programs and seminars on different types of library service tools. Additionally, She Completed advanced certificate course on Modern Library Practices and Management with Indian Government Scholarship.
Contact [email protected]

Exclusive Interview: with Mr Ahmed Shibly, Senior Assistant Chief, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

“Libraries should have digitised collections and access facilities like other developed nations. And librarians should play the pioneering role in making this happens.” –Ahmed Shibly


Mr Ahmed Shibly, Senior Assistant Chief, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh has been working in the ministry as a planning professional. His main role includes approval process and monitoring of development projects of Department of Public Libraries besides few other departments. Mr Shibly was a student of Rangpur Cadet College. Then he studied in Public Administration at the University of Rajshahi and obtained Bachelor and Master degree. In the 24 BCS, he was selected for Economic Cadre.


The Librarian Times (TLT) team met him in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the 84th annual congress of IFLA and spent some time with ‘The Librarian Times’. The team had some discussion on contemporary issues of the public library sector. He talked about his experiences and other several burning issues.

TLT: Tale us something more about yourself, and how long have you been working with the public libraries in Bangladesh?

Mr Shibly: I have been working in the ministry for almost six years. By this time, I had some experience in dealing with some development projects and small-scale skims of the Department of Public Libraries (DPL). In short, these projects were mostly on infrastructure development and capacity development of various libraries.

TLT: The Ministry of Cultural Affairs has been working several projects for the development of Public Libraries in Bangladesh. Would you please share with us about these projects?

Mr Shibly: At present, DPL is implementing three development projects. One of them is on the construction of six public libraries with the necessary equipment in different districts. Except for these six, there are government public libraries in all districts in the country. Another is on modernizing a big and historical library named Muslim Institute at Chattogram. It will be a cultural complex of the city includes almost all related facilities. And the other project is on capacity building of the head office and some other district libraries for management of libraries through online technology.

TLT: What kind of limitations and challenges you have been experiencing in the library sectors and what are the possible solutions to overcome these challenges?

Mr Shibly: This is quite difficult for me to define the challenge as I am not an expert. To my view, libraries may not be meeting the requirements of the new generation. Library users are not increasing remarkably. I think students (school or college level) are now too much engaged with their academic purpose. Though the government is trying to increase facilities to encourage reading participation is not increasing in pace.

TLT: With the Memorandum of understanding (MoU) of Libraries Unlimited (LU) project, Ministry of Cultural Affairs is playing a vital role including LU projects supported by Melinda Gates Foundation, so we are lucky enough for availing this. Do you think it will sustain and our society will get benefit from it?


“The project is aimed to convert 25 existing libraries to model libraries. The project is still in the implementation phase. Hopefully, we will get modern
and dynamic libraries after the completion of the project and our society can take more benefits from it.”

Mr Shibly: The project is aimed to convert 25 existing libraries to model libraries. The project is still in the implementation phase. Hopefully, we will get modern
and dynamic libraries after the completion of the project and our society can take more benefits from it.

TLT: You are not library professionals but working with library people. What are your feelings? Do you enjoy working with library people?

Mr Shibly: Libraries are sacred places. Generally, a library is a calm & quiet place. I found people working in libraries are gentle & good. Yes, I do enjoy working with library professionals.

TLT: Tell us any of the success stories on library despite that you were involved from the behind?


“Our libraries have been implementing a book reading program which has a positive impact on readers. It is a kind of book review activities.”

Mr Shibly: Our libraries have been implementing a book reading program which has a positive impact on readers. It is a kind of book review activities. Readers have the opportunity to take part in the competition and can know a book more profoundly.

TLT: Please give us your insight on how we the library professionals can play our roles towards “Digital Bangladesh?

Mr Shibly: Insight is a tough word which I don’t have. Libraries play a fundamental role in our society. But, I think, we have to increase participation from the local community. And librarians may think to interact with & involve cultural organizations like Shilpakala Academy so that they can organise some events together. They may find some common platforms. Libraries should have digitised collections and access facilities like other developed nations. And librarians should play the pioneering role in making this happens.

TLT: Thank you for giving time to TLT

Mr Shibly: Thanks. I wish success of TLT.

Congratulations to Mr Emdad & Mr Mahin on starting their new carrier at NSTU!

Mukta, 8th September 2018

“I would like to utilize and share my academic knowledge and professional experiences and excel in the field of academia. I would also like to contribute to the learning process of young minds by providing them with the quality of education”– Mr Emdad.

Md. Emdadul Islam has been recently appointed as a ‘Lecturer’ at Noakhali Science and Technology University (NSTU), Chittagong, Bangladesh. Prior to joining NSTU, he worked as Course Coordinator and Lecturer of Post-Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science program at New Model Degree College, Dhaka. He completed B.A. (Hon.) and Master degree in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka and obtained first class. He is also an MPhil Researcher in the same subject at the same university.

Earlier Mr Emdad achieved Dean’s Award as Dean’s Merit List of Honor’ 2016 for his scholastic accomplishments in his M.A degree. He completed a number of training programs including ‘Computer Literacy Program’ organized by VAB-NJ (Volunteers Association for Bangladesh-New Jersey), USA and D. Net (Development Research Network), Bangladesh and ‘ICT-Top Up IT Training Program and ITES Foundation Skills Training’ conducted by Ernst & Young LLP, India under Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), ICT Division, People’s Republic of Bangladesh on ‘Web Design’ under NASSCOM IT-ITES Sector Skill Council (SSC) certification, this program is certified by George Washington University, USA. Mr Emdad is also an executive member of Dhaka University Research Society (DURS), Google Educator Group Dhaka South, life member of Library Association Bangladesh (LAB) and also department representative of Dhaka University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab.

“As a new faculty of Institute of Information Science in NSTU….. I wish to work passionately to develop my institute along with being a researcher & knowledge scientist. It’s also my desire to work in enriching the working platform of our department. I wish the best wishes from all to approach ahead”– Mr Abdul Karim.

Mr Abdul Karim also has been appointed as a lecturer at NSTU.
Before joining at NSTU, Mr Abdul Karim worked as Lecturer at Institute of Library & Information Science, Mymensingh.

He completed his B.A. (Hon.) and Master degree in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka with an excellent academic result. Mr Karim also worked at BANSDOC, Dhaka University Library and BRAC-Maya Apa Apps.


The Librarian Times congratulates them on their new roles and wishes their future endeavour with great success!

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