Workshop on “Coding” held at Munshignaj Government Public Library

Dilruba Rahman, 7 September 2018, North South University, Dhaka

A day-long workshop on Coding (Computer Programming) was held at District Government Public Library Auditorium, Munshiganj, on 4 September 2018.
Ms Rafia Sultana, Librarian, Department of Public libraries presided over the programme.
We have seen a slogan of the workshop “Let’s learn coding, Get elated in the ecstasy of creation”
Students who are in between 8 to 15 years of old took part in the lively workshop session and learned both coding and computer programming. Indeed, participants were also introduced to the latest education equipments especially used in the United Kingdom and developing nations.
To make the workshop fruitful, several sessions were conducted for two hundred participants by forming six groups.
Libraries Unlimited (LU) Project of British Council set up micro: bit, a pocket-sized computer with features to learn coding. Micro: bit will potentially popularise the context of coding among the young generation of Bangladesh. It will open exciting opportunities to coding, which is one of the fastest growing occupations worldwide with leading to future employment, community engagement, digital leadership and skills development.
LU will establish 30 model public libraries and an e-library network, and scale services to further 39 public libraries. It aims to upgrade ICT facilities and design new layouts to create contemporary multi-usage solutions that provide innovative learning environments.
Technical lead Timothy Grin of British Council, ICT Manager Tamim Mostafa, Component Lead ABM Ali Ahmed attended the workshop. A good number of volunteers were also involved to make the workshops successful.

Knowledge sharing meeting on sustainability of UGC Digital Library (UDL) held

Ahasan, Dhaka, 8 September 2018

University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan on Thursday said the higher education and research are gaining momentum in Bangladesh as UGC Digital Library (UDL) has been undertaken by the UGC and Education Ministry, reported by Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).

“Digital library has been immensely contributing to enhancement and excellence of higher education and research by offering access to e-resources to its member institutions over the years,” he said as the chief guest while addressing a knowledge sharing meeting on sustainability of UGC Digital Library (UDL) at UGC auditorium, on Thursday 6 September 2018. He also highlighted the need for raising awareness about the use of e-resources among the students, teachers and researchers of the university. He said the demand of e-resources is growing in the country. UGC members – Professor Dr Md Akhtar Hossain, Professor Dr Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah and UGC Secretary Dr Md Khaled also spoke on the occasion.

Professor Yousuf Ali Mollah said the digital library project has been undertaken to keep pace with the globalised world. Highlighting the objectives of UDL, Professor Akhtar Hossain said that Digital Library can enhance the capacity building of the librarians, researchers, students and faculty members. He also urged the librarians to work pro-actively in the area of library management.

At present, 90 organisations including 86 universities of the country are subscribing over 34,000 e-resources through UGC Digital Library, he added. Vice-chancellors, pro-vice-chancellors and librarians from public universities of the country participated in the meeting. High officials from UGC were present at the meeting.


Urgent Notice: Seminar on “A national-level network for agricultural library and information centres in Bangladesh” has been rescheduled

Seminar on “A national-level network for agricultural library and information centres in Bangladesh” has been rescheduled for 16 September 2018

Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Central Library are going to organise a seminar entitled “A national-level network for agricultural library and information centres in Bangladesh” under the HEQEP CPSF 2184. Due to unavoidable circumstances, the seminar date has been rescheduled.

The new date: 16 September 2018.

All invited members are requested to follow the above-mentioned date.

Md. Habibur Rahman
Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU)
Chittagong, Bangladesh
Cell # 01711-043546

Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB) Discussion session held at DACSU Cafeteria

Ahasan, Dhaka, 01 September 2018

The Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB) organised a discussion session on 11 August 2018, at Dhaka University Central Students Union (DACSU) Cafeteria. Leaders of the LAB and invited guests including President Syed Ali Akbar, Secretary-General Dr Anwarul Islam, Vice President ADM Ali Ahmed, Treasurer Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, Joint Secretary General, Md. Shamsul Islam, Divisional Counsellor, Abu Hannan Mia, Prof. Dr SM Zabed Ahmed, Acting Librarian, University of Dhaka and Dr Mostafizur Rahman, Associate Professor, Dept. of Library  Management and Information Science, Royal University, Dhaka attended this discussion session.

Discussion on Different sweltering issues:

Participants of this discussion meeting mainly focused on school librarian portfolio, recent gazette of Madrasha and Technical Education Board, Grade issues of Technical School. They yearned all existing problems will be solved gradually.

In the earlier meeting LAB officially declared and suggested “KOHA” open source Integrated Library System as for large scale of libraries in terms of Library Automation Integrated Library Management System while “SLiMS” suggested for the small and medium type of libraries in Bangladesh.


Delegates from Bangladesh of the IFLA WLIC 2018 get a warm reception

Ahasan, Dhaka, 2 September 2018

A group of delegates from Bangladesh participated in the IFLA WLIC 2018, 24-30 August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was invited at High Commission Office of Bangladesh located Jalal Sultan Yahya Petra, Jalan Semarak, 54100 Kuala Lumpur, WP, Malaysia on 27 August 2018.

Mr Md. Rais Hasan Sarowar, Minister(Political) welcomed the delegates to the meeting room at high commission premises. Mr Sarower described on different activities of High Commission and relation and functions between Bangladesh and Malaysian diplomatic relation.

Mr Md. Rajibul Ahsan, First Secretary (Commercial) also spoke on Immigration and Education systems.

Prof Dr Nasiruddin Mitul, Dean, National University Bangladesh, Dr Dilara Begum, Chairperson, Department of Information Studies and Library Management, East West University, Mr Md. Ali Ahmed, Component Lead, Libraries Unlimited Project, Razina Akter, Librarian, Bangladesh Shishu Academy also spoke on that occasion and given gratitude to the High Commission for the invitation and opportunity to exchange professional views.

A team of The Librarian Times handed over a token gift and souvenir to the Minister.

The High Commission officials were very happy and appreciated to all delegates for their activities and active collaboration with the global organisation like IFLA towards professional development.

New Appointment: Mr Joy Rozario has joined at Caritas Bangladesh

Apu, 01 September 2018

Mr Joy Rozario has been joined at Caritas Bangladesh as Communication and Documentation Officer on 1 August 2018. Caritas Bangladesh is a member of the Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Caritas Member Organisations over 200 countries and territories having its Central Office in Dhaka. Prior to joining at Caritas Bangladesh, he worked at American International University Bangladesh (AIUB) Library from 2015 to 2018. Mr Joy completed his Hons and Master degree from the University of Dhaka in Information Science and Library Management.

The Librarian Times congratulates him for his new career.

Mr Kamal Hossain has been promoted to Deputy Librarian

Apu, 01 September 2018


Mr Kamal Hossain has been promoted to Deputy Librarian at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) Library. Mr Kamal has been working at ULAB Library for more than 14 years. Prior entrance to the Librarian profession, he completed his Hons and Master degree from the University of Dhaka in Information Science and Library Management.

We wish him a bright career and fruitful contribution to the library profession in Bangladesh.


German Delegates Visit the Central Library of North South University

Tanveer, NSU, Dhaka, 2 September 2018

Professor Dr Wolfgang Schrott, Hof University: the University of Applied Science, Germany with his team visited North South University Library on August 27, 2018, accompanied by Dr Ladina George Advisor, German-Bangladesh Higher Education Network for Sustainable Textile (HEST). The purpose of the visit was to explore the NSU Library overall facilities, resources, access to information, research support, library space, the effect of services etc. University Librarian, Dr Md. Zahid Hossain Shoeb outlined the strength and facilities of NSU Library mentioning the effective use of Main Study Hall, Cyber Center, Reference Section, Periodical section, Researchers Area, Archival Section, Quiet Study Area, General Study Area, Faculty Corner etc. which offering a calm, quiet, neutral space, where NSU Library users can access resources and information for work, research or leisure. Unlike these areas, students have a great affinity to the large Study Hall due to group discussion facilities.

Dr Zahid also discoursed that NSU Library is the pioneer of using state-of-the-art RFID technology, e-resource subscription, use of library research tools and training programme for the faculty members and the graduate as well undergrad students. The visiting team was very happy to know that the NSU library has been using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based library management system for library automation which was implemented for the first time in the country by HEQEP fund in 2012. The visitors appreciated the efforts of NSU Library. Dr Biswas Karabi Farhana, Professor of Department of Environmental Science and Management, NSU, Sr. Asst Librarian, Mr MM Shoeb, Assistant Librarian, Md. Abdul Hakim, other officials were also present during this visit.

INELI India and South Asia – Cohort 3 Selection

Apu, Dhaka, 1 September 2018

Four librarians namely Al-Mamun Howlader, Rishikesh Paul, Khaled M. Saifullah and Rafia Sultana from the Department of Public Libraries under Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh have been selected   as the members of Cohort 3 of the INELI India and South Asia programme supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and cooperated by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai.

The program is mainly focussed on skill development, leadership training, and sharing professional experiences with South Asian partners through 18 months long courses. The participants will earn the title of an INELI South Asia Innovator upon graduating from this online course. This program also has two/three international convening that mainly intends to cross-learning from each other, provides an opportunity for each of the librarians to meet with one and another, networking with mentors, facilitators and innovators of other Cohorts.

Professional Development for the IB School Librarians

Mukta, Dhaka, 1 September 2018

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers a number of face-to-face and online workshops for the librarians who are working in International Schools Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP). More information about these programs can be found at the following links.

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