To motivate students, faculty and staff to make use of the library and its services, South East University Library organised the Best Library User Award ceremony of its Banani campus on 20 February 2020. At the same time, the library celebrated the National Library Day 2020. On occasion, the library also launched its own new website.
To explore the possibility of fostering faculty/student exchange program and collaboration between the Department of Information Science and Library Management (ISLM), University of Dhaka, and the Faculty of Information Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia are in a stage to start. This exchange program is aiming to bring together researchers, academicians and LIS students of the University of Dhaka and UiTM to present their research results and academic activities. This platform provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and experiences face to face, to establish research relations and to find further opportunities for future collaboration. Through this reciprocal activity, it is hoped that the staff and students from both institutions would be able to enrich knowledge, get insight into the Bangladeshi and Malaysian educational systems, develop professional individuality and experience life in a foreign land.
Bangladesh Association of Librarian’s Information Scientist and Documentalists(BALID) organized a Lecture session on Data Science and Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities for the Information Professionals on 15 February 2020 at Gyntaposh Abdur Razzak Foundation, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
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.
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.
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.
An international symposium on “Empowering the Library and Information Professionals for Achieving the SDGs” held at Dhaka University
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.
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.