Australian publishing industry faces uncertainty as Booktopia collapses

Booktopia, Australia’s leading online book retailer, has gone into voluntary administration. The collapse of the company, which was the primary sales channel for many small Australian publishers, has significant implications for the industry. While some in the industry are shocked by the development, others saw it coming. 
Despite efforts to cut costs, the company was forced to sack 165 staff and cease taking new orders. The industry’s reliance on patriotic retailers to maintain diversity and financial viability has been highlighted.
With a smaller market and limited overseas sales, Australian publishers rely on local sales to succeed. A “best seller” in Australia is defined by modest sales numbers, making it challenging for publishers to remain profitable amidst rising costs and a shrinking reader base. Independent bookstores play a vital role in promoting diverse titles, while discount department stores drive sales volume. The industry’s future remains uncertain as it grapples with the collapse of Booktopia and the shifting landscape of book sales.

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Breaking news: crucial need for collaboration between library and information science academics and practitioners in Bangladesh

Prodip Roy from RMIT University, Australia and Md. Ahasan Habib from Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh have co-authored a groundbreaking study on the importance of collaboration between library and information science academics and practitioners in Bangladesh. This study highlights the crucial need for collaboration between library and information science academics and practitioners in Bangladesh, and globally.
Key findings include:
  • Mindset and attitude significantly impact collaboration efforts
  • Ego-related conflicts hinder effective collaboration
  • Open-minded approach essential for success
  • Potential for improved library services and career success through collaboration
This qualitative study provides valuable insights from a developing nation, offering solutions and opportunities for growth in the field. Read the full study here

Observance of National Library Day 2024 at Dhaka University

Md. Anwarul Islam

February 8, 2024

The Government of Bangladesh declared February 5th National Library Day in 2017, first observed in 2018. Since then, February 5th has been observed as National Library Day in Bangladesh with various programs, including rallies, seminars, symposiums, roundtable discussions, and other activities. The Department of Public Libraries (DPL), under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, serves as the apex body for the national observance of this day.

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BALID’s New Executive Committee Takes Charge in Biennial General Meeting

Dhaka, January 27, 2024 

Photo: New EC, BALID, (Photo credit- Facebook, BALID 2024)

The Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists (BALID) held its biennial general meeting on January 26, 2024, at the Women’s Voluntary Association auditorium in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The day-long event commenced with the National Anthem, followed by the presentation of the minutes of the previous general meeting, the financial report of the previous council, and the budget proposal.

Dr. Md. Moniruzzaman assumed the role of Chairman, and AKM Nurul Alam as the General Secretary, leading the newly elected Executive Committee. The diverse team is poised to drive BALID’s mission forward with a mix of experienced leaders and fresh faces. The executive members are as follows:

  1. Chairman: Dr. Md. Moniruzzaman
  2. Vice Chairmen: Mr. AKM Mujibur Rahman, Professor Jabed Ahmed and Regina Akhter
  3. Secretary General: AKM Nurul Alam (Apu)
  4. Joint Secretary General: Ahsan Habib
  5. Finance Secretary: Md. Fazlul Karim
  6. Establishment Secretary: Md. Iltutmiz
  7. Research and Development Secretary: Mahmudun Nahar
  8. Publications and Public Relations Secretary: Nasima Akhter Rita
  9. Members: Dr. M Hossam Haider Chowdhury, Sashank Kumar Singh, Dr. Md. Mostafizur Rahman, Dr, Anwarul Islam

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Bangladesh Embassy Mexico Showcases Rich Literary Heritage at 37th Guadalajara International Book Fair 2023

Prodip Roy, Melbourne, December 2, 2023

Photo: Bangladesh Embassy Mexico Facebook page

In a vibrant display of literary and cultural exchange, Bangladesh has proudly taken centre stage at the 37th Guadalajara International Book Fair, Latin America’s largest and the world’s second-largest book fair. The prestigious event, where the European Union holds the distinguished position of Guest of Honor, has become a platform for Bangladesh to share its rich literary heritage with the global audience.
The Bangladesh Embassy in Mexico City has orchestrated a captivating showcase at the book fair, featuring a diverse collection of 64 books that delve into various aspects of Bangladesh’s history, including the Liberation War, the life and contributions of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, political movements, socio-economic development, women’s empowerment, literature, and culture.

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Guadalajara International Book Fair 2023: Celebrating Literature and Cultural Exchange

Prodip, Melbourne – December 2, 2023

The bustling city of Guadalajara, Mexico, has once again become the epicentre of literary excitement as the 37th edition of the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) kicks off its nine-day celebration of literature, cultural exchange, and the power of the written word. From November 25 to December 3, this year’s event is poised to be the largest gathering in the Spanish-speaking world.
With an expected attendance of 800,000 people, the Guadalajara International Book Fair has firmly established itself as a global literary phenomenon. Drawing book enthusiasts, publishers, and writers from across the globe, the event showcases the rich diversity of the Spanish-language literary landscape.

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Creative Commons Global Summit 2023 Concludes in Mexico City: A Resounding Success

Prodip Roy, Melbourne

11 October, 2023

CC Global Summit 2023” by Prodip Roy, is licensed via CC BY 4.0.

The Creative Commons Global Summit 2023, a dynamic gathering of researchers, librarians, academicians, lawyers, IT specialists, journalists, musicians, cultural workers and many others in the realm of open access, concluded on 6 October in the vibrant heart of Mexico City. The program took place from 3–6 October 2023 at the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco to unite, share ideas, and create a brighter future for open sharing in Mexico City.

The Summit, which spanned three days, showcased diverse sessions, workshops, panel discussions, networking, and lightning talks focused on promoting open knowledge, collaboration, and accessibility. The 6 Summit tracks included Science/Climate, Education, Culture, Journalism, Better Internet (Web3, Data, AI, Policy), Arts, and emerging Technologies.

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3rd International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (i-IKM) held at East West University

Monirul Islam
Dhaka, August 6, 2023

Department of Information Studies, East West University hosted the 3rd International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (i-IKM 2023) from August 3rd to August 5th, 2023, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The theme of the 3rd i-IKM 2023 is “Inclusive and Equitable Access to Information for Smart Society”.

Photo: 3rd International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (i-IKM)

The first day of the conference (August 3rd 2023) was held on Zoom Platform where around 150 participants joined the session.

Vicki McDonald, President-Elect, IFLA and Professor Sirje Virkus from Tallinn University, attended the session as the Keynote speakers.

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Md. Anwarul Islam Receives the Lois Lunin Award 2023

Md. Anwarul Islam

The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is pleased to announce that Md. Anwarul Islam from the University of Dhaka, Dhaka Bangladesh, has been selected as the recipient of the Lois Lunin Award in 2023. This prestigious award acknowledges individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the field of Information Science and Technology through their leadership, mentoring, and innovative work.

Dr. Islam currently serves as an Associate Professor of Information Science & Library Management at the University of Dhaka. He initially began his career in the telecommunications industry and later transitioned to academia. He earned his PhD from the School of Knowledge Science at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan. His primary research interests revolve around Knowledge Management, Information Behaviour, and Informetrics. Dr. Islam has also been recognized as a VLIR-UOS Fellow in 2012 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium; an ACRC Fellow in 2013 at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; a DRF Fellow during his PhD program at the School of Knowledge Science, JAIST-Japan (2013-2016); and an ACU Fellow in 2016 at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Read the full official announcement here. 

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