Dr. Dilara Begum electes as IFLA Professional Division Committee Chair 2021-2023

Dr. Dilara Begum

Dr. Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Information Studies and Library Management and Librarian (In-charge), East West University, has been elected as the IFLA Professional Division Committee Chair for 2021-2023. This is the most significant achievement in the history of Library professionals of Bangladesh. It is worth mentioning that only IFLA officers can be elected for this position. Dr. Dilara Begum has been working as one of the IFLA officers for the last few years. She has been making an outstanding contribution to the LIS fields as well as IFLA and serving in diversified leadership roles, including elected Secretary, IFLA Information Literacy Section, Standing Committee Member of IFLA Management and Marketing Section, Information Coordinator of IFLA Asia and Oceania Section, Standing Committee member of the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), General Secretary, DLNetSA, Country Coordinator of Information Literacy Consortium sponsored by UNESCO, elected Senior Vice President and Women Affairs Secretary of Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB) from 2009-2014, President (Acting) of Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB) in 2011.

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Antonia Arahova elected to serve as IFLA President-elect 2021-23 and then President

Antonia Arahova, IFLA President elect- 2021-2023

Antonia Arahova has been elected to serve as IFLA President-elect 2021-2023 and as IFLA President for 2023-2025.

Antonia Arahova has demonstrated and sustained a high level of achievement and leadership in library and information services throughout her career. Antonia has been making an outstanding contribution to the objects and work of IFLA and serving in multiple leadership roles, including IFLA Governing Board Member, IFLA Chair Division IV, and Member of IFLA Financial and Professional Committee. She has been Chief Operating Officer at the National Library of Greece from June 2011 until March 2014, where she has continued to work since 1995.

Antonia holds a bachelor degree in Greek Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, MRA (Master in Public Management & Public Policy) from the Department of International and European Economic Studies of Athens University of Economics and Business and Μs (Master in Communication and Mass Media in the Field of Political Communication) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a thesis on cultural diplomacy, social media and presidential libraries. Her PhD dissertation focuses on “Strategies for the Implementation of Electronic Services in the National Library of Greece”. She is the only person from Greece elected in March 2017 as a member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in its 90 years of operation. She is an officer in the Management & Marketing Section and a member of the International Committee for the IFLA International Libraries Marketing Award. She is also a member of the Financial and Professional Committee of IFLA. From 2007 to 2010, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the General State Archives. From October 2017, she is responsible for the Library of the President of the Hellenic Republic. She speaks French, English and Italian and plays piano. She is the Editor of the Literary Magazine (de)kata. She has participated in many international conferences and has published articles on strategic management, marketing, cultural heritage promotion and cultural diplomacy.

Announcement of the 2021 ASIS&T SIG-III International Paper Contest

Jannati Jerin

 June 12, 2021

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), announced its 2021 winners for the International Paper Contest (IPC).

This year, the jury board received a good number of papers from Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey. The competition was tough as two papers qualified for third position!

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The 2021 CC Global Summit Call for Proposals Is Now Open

Photo: CC global summit, taken from the creativecommons.org under CC BY

The 2021 CC Global Summit will be going virtual again this year – join us 20-24 September, 2021 for an extra special event – Creative Commons is turning 20! We’ll be building off of the successes from our 2020 Summit to bring you another week filled with discussion and debate, workshops and planning, talks and community building.

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Bangladesh National Archives Bill 2021: The Key Points to Know

Bangladesh National Archive Bill, 2021 was placed in the parliament on  June 06, 2021, keeping provisions that no record can be destroyed.

KM Khalid, State Minister for Cultural Affairs placed the bill and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further examination. The committee was asked to submit its report within 30 days.

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ASIS&T Announces 2021 Award Winners: Winners of Prestigious ASIS&T Awards to be Honored in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) has announced the winners’ names of the different ASIS&T Awards for 2021.

Researchers, practitioners, and academics in the field of information science and technology eagerly await the announcement of the winners of the renowned ASIS&T awards, which are among the oldest and most prestigious honor in the still-evolving field of information science and technology. Winners are usually announced immediately before the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, after a lengthy nomination and jurying procedure. They are then formally presented at the meeting during the annual awards luncheon.

In this year the ASIS&T Annual Meeting will be held in October 29 through November 3, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

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TLT Research Seminar: Scholarly Productivity of Library and Information Science Research in Bangladesh: A Bibliometric Study from 1971 – 2020

This research seminar aims to discuss about the recent research article on the LIS Scholarly Productivity in Bangladesh. Through engaging researchers and topics, we hope to spark dialogue and relationship across Bangladeshi LIS academic and professional’s community for a justifiable future.

Since the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, LIS Faculty members, practitioners and researchers have published widely in many leading LIS journals and conferences some of which are listed by WoS and SCOPUS. Publishing trends has shown positive growth during the last two decades. As per the Scimago journal and country rank (2019), there are only fifteen Bangladeshi scholarly journals are listed. Of Bangladesh’s two LIS journals, ‘The Eastern Librarian’ ‘Bangladesh Journal of Library and Information Science’, both journals are irregular and not indexed by Scopus, or listed in Scimago journal ranking. We, LIS faculties, researchers and practitioners in Bangladesh do not know the ratio of publication visibility in the leading global outlet.

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The Department of Public Libraries tributes to Kazi Nazrul Islam

Mahabuba Akter,

The Department of Public Libraries, May 28 2021

On the occasion of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s 122nd birth anniversary, the Department of Public Libraries hosted a virtual discussion and cultural program on 25 May 2021.

The program was divided into two parts. The first part was a discussion session on the national poet and the second part was a cultural program.

Md. Badrul Arefin, honourable Secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs inaugurated the discussion session and cultural program as the chief guest while Asim Kumar Dey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, was a present as the special guest.

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Professor Dr. Md. Shiful Islam appointed as chairman of the Department of Information Science and Library Management (ISLM), DU

Nawshaba Bulia,

May 11, 2021, Dhaka

Professor Dr. Md. Shiful Islam

Professor Dr Md. Shiful Islam has been named as the chairman (dept. head) of the Information Science and Library Management (ISLM) effective May 8, 2021.

Dr Shiful is an academic and researcher on several LIS-related topics, including, Information for Social Innovation, the role of special libraries for building a knowledge-based economy in Bangladesh, and Knowledge Management Practices. His present research focuses on emerging tools and techniques for Library and Information Service Innovation, Skill Science, Service Science and knowledge Science.

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IFLA Election 2021: Voting closes on 24 May 2021, at 12pm CEST

Voting in the IFLA Elections is still open. If you are an IFLA member and haven’t voted yet, IFLA urges you to spend a few minutes and contribute your vote. It is an important member benefit which you can utilise to have a say in our Federation.

There is a strong and diverse set of candidates ready to take IFLA’s work forwards and it’s now up to you to shape the future of our organisation.

IFLA has engaged an independent, external company, UK Engage, to assist with this election. They have prepared the ballots and the website on which you can view the candidate statements. Moving to an electronic ballot makes it easier for you to participate in the elections. » Read more

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