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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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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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 have secured the first position among the 17 divisions and organs under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
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As the university librarian at BRAC University in Bangladesh, Ms Hasina Afroz strives to imbue students with the principles of good academic practise from the beginning of their university career.
“We are encouraging our students to practice original writing from the first year, working together with the faculty members to build a culture of academic integrity.”
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IFLA Green Library Award 2020
What is a Green Library?
“The consideration of the role of humanity in climate change and the notion of sustainable development are core concerns of society, and consequently of libraries.”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued valued support in 2019, and we look forward to keeping the library professionals informed and up to date through TLT news bulletin in 2020.
We hope professionals continue to find value in the activities we do and, as always, we welcome any feedback or comments about what we can do better to provide our respected professionals’ needs.
We take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy New Year 2020!
The British Council’s Libraries Unlimited Programme and the Department of Public Libraries have organised a workshop titled “Policy Workshop on the Formulation of a National Policy for Public Libraries” at the Westin Hotel Dhaka, recently. The objective of this day-long workshop was to review the draft policy for public libraries and collect recommendations from the stakeholders.
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