Dr Golam Mostafa awarded ETD 2018 Taiwan Conference Travel Scholarship

Nonigopal, RU, 4 July 2018

Dr Md. Golam Mostafa, Deputy Librarian, University of Rajshahi has been awarded a Travel Grants to attend the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD 2018): “Beyond the Boundaries of Rims and Oceans: Globalizing Knowledge with ETDs” will be held from 26 – 28 September 2018 at Taipei, Taiwan. He will present a paper titled “Status of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Services in the Three Public University Libraries in Bangladesh: An Overview.”

This Travel Scholarship was announced on May 31st, 2018

Other winners


Dr Dilara Begum receives World Education Congress Global Awards

Ahasan, Dhaka, 7 July 2018

World Education Congress Global Awards (for excellence in education, leadership and teaching) 7th Edition was held on 5-6 July 2018 at Taj Lands End, Bandra (West), Mumbai, India.

In the said event, Dr Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Information Studies and Library Management and Librarian (Acting) East West University, Dhaka has been awarded the prestigious award “Prof. Indira Parikh 50 Women in Education Leaders.” The award has been given to 50 women who are contributing for the betterment of their sectors. ‘World Education Congress’ award is generally given to the persons who contribute for changing social values and lives of large numbers of people.


It is indeed a great achievement of our profession. On the behalf of TLT Congratulations to Dr Dilara Begum.


BdREN and its Library connectivity and services

Ahasan, Dhaka, 4 July 2018

The University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh On behalf of the Ministry of Education (MoE), is currently implementing the Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN) under the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) with assistance of the World Bank.  It Connects all universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, healthcare and agricultural institutions across the country and to support geographically dispersed academics, scientists and researchers with reliable access to high-end computing, simulation tools and datasets. BdREN will eventually be operated by a Non-profit Trust organization with a board of trustees consisting of representatives from the universities/user communities. BdREN offers different services like Digital Library Access, Cloud Computing, Training and Capacity Building, Unified Communications, Consultancy etc.

 Recent Event:

A two-day International Symposium from 2nd and 3rd July 2018 on “Tech-cultural Exchange Beyond CP: Cultural Transformation in Digital Ecosystem” was held at the Samson H. Chowdhury Centre, Dhaka Club. BdREN arranged the symposium under the auspices of Asia@Connect Project administered by Trans Eurasia Information Network*Corporation Centre (TEIN*CC), South Korea. Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, opened the symposium as the chief guest with Professor Dr Md. Akhtar Hossain, Member, UGC, in the chair. AKM Habibur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN), delivered the welcome address at the inaugural ceremony of the symposium on 2nd July 2018.
Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, chair of the eCulture Working Group of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), gave an introduction to the keynote speaker. Daeyoung Kim, former professor of Chungnam National University, spoke on the Experiences and challenges of cyber performance at the inaugural session of the symposium.
In the 2nd session of the day three presentations on ‘Implementing experience of cyber performance in Vietnam’, ‘Implementing experience of cyber performance in India and some new idea for cyber performance’, and ‘Mediatization of culture’ were made respectively by Nguyen Hong, Director of the Advanced Science and Technology Information Network Centre of Vietnam, Hari Krishna Atluri, Assistant Director of EARNET, India and Dr. ASM Asaduzzaman, Associate Professor of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Dhaka University. Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, chair of the eCulture Working Group of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), was the moderator of this session. IT professionals, faculty members of public and private universities and cultural activist are attending the symposium.

Day 2 (July 3 2018)

Alain Baumann, a French composer, media artist, programmer and developer of innovative audiovisual instruments, is delivering a presentation on “When art meets network: new formats for the performing arts” at the second day.

2nd session of the second day, the session was moderated by Boncheol Goo, Special Researcher, Institute for High Technology in Jelu National University, South Korea and also the Co-Chair of APAN e-Culture Working Group. Boncheol Goo also delivered a presentation on ‘Network delay as a new media’ in the session. Another presentation in the session was delivered by Alain Baumann, a French composer, media artist, programmer and developer of innovative audiovisual instruments, on “When art meets network: new formats for the performing arts”. Rosa Sánchez, a multidisciplinary and multi-media artist & choreographer of Spain made the last presentation in the session on “Drawing lines for a cooperative world”.

The and last session of the symposium was on “Future of cyber performance” which was moderated by the Nguyen Hong Van, Director of the Advance Science and Technology Information Network Centre of Vietnam. Faridah Noor Mohd Noor, chair of the e Culture Working Group of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), delivered a presentation on “Cyber Performances – Challenges and Opportunities for the Future” while AKM Habibur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Research and Education Network made a presentation on “Sustainability of Networked Performance” in the session. Bhushan Raj Shrestha, founder chairman of Nepal Research and Education Network delivered a presentation on Cyber-performance – A New Perspective for Cultural Transformation in the session.

The programme was ended with a fascinating cultural show followed by a dinner at the said event. Professor Abdul Mannan, Chairman, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh, Professor Dr Md. Akhtar Hossain and Professor Dr Dil Afroza Begum, Members, UGC, officials and consultants of UGC and HEQEP joined the event along with delegates from different parts of the world.

The Librarian Times Webinar: Call For Presenters

NextGen: LIS learning innovation and exchanging knowledge

Call For Presenters

We are pleased to invite you to conduct a live webinar presentation as a presenter. The Librarian Times is hosting a series of live webinars for Bangladeshi Library and Information professionals, academics, researchers and students. It would be such a huge privilege to have you at this special webinar series.


The expected presenters:



Mahtab U Ahmad

Learning Resource Center Manager, Strayer University, USA

Title: How to conduct a Reference Interview? The role of the reference librarian in higher studies







Dr Md. Anwarul Islam

University Librarian, Sher-e Bangla Agriculture University and

General Secretary, Library Association Bangladesh (LAB)

Title: Wikipedia: How to create contents? Opportunities for Librarians





Jakaria Rahman, PhD

Bibliometric Analyst, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Title: i) Bibliometics Analyst as a profession for ISLM graduates;

ii) Higher study in abroad for ISLM graduates: challenges and opportunities

iii) Open access, Open research data, Open citations: how library professionals contribute.



Abdullah al-Modabber
Assistant Librarian, South Asian University
New Delhi, India

Title: KOHA Installation 


Exploring expert: networking and making professional relationship:


One of the aims of the webinar series is about exploring the hidden Bangladeshi LIS talents who are working around the world and representing Bangladeshi LIS sectors.

We believe the live presentation will be inspiring professionals particularly to the new LIS generation from different organizations including the universities. The border aim is to exchange idea among the fellow library professionals in Bangladesh.


We will be using the zoom webinar technology: https://zoom.us/webinar

Roles In A Webinar:



Who will be the host?

Editor, The Librarian Times

Facebook live?

The webinar also will be connecting with Facebook Live.

Participant registration, audience management, Q&A, polling, voting, Facebook live?

The host will organise everything for you.


As the presenter, the audience will look forward to hearing about your experience, knowledge on the particular topic. A total of 40 minutes including questions and answers session would be perfect. Everyone is certainly thrilled and excited to hear your thoughts on this webinar presentation as we are going to implement the zoom technology for the first time in LIS sector in Bangladesh.

Interested presenters are requested to email the following information to [email protected] no later than July 30, 2018.

  1. A short biography of you (150 -170 Words)
  2. Title of presentation and learning outcomes
  3. Your suitable time to present (Please consider Bangladeshi time)

Training on Basic ICT Training for Librarian launched at BANBEIS, Dhaka

Ahasan, Dhaka, 30 June 2018


Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) organized a 14 days long basic ICT (Information and Communication Technology) training for Librarian which was started on 24 June 2018 and scheduled to be completed on 07 July 2018. Total eighty participants clustering of 20 participants of each group namely 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th batch are receiving this training at Bangladesh Korea ICT Training Centre for education(BKITCE), BANBEIS, Polashi, Dhaka. Training participants are from different college and school Librarians as well as Assistant Librarians those who have no training experiences earlier. Several persons are participating from the different Ministries of Bangladesh. Expertise staff of Bangladesh Computer Council have been working as the facilitators in this training. Out of fourteen days LAB based training two days are allocated for field visit for getting practical and real-life experience. Each of the participants will be receiving Tk. 4840 as an honorarium.

To make the mentioned event successful, BANBEIS authority organized an inaugural session on 24 June 2018 at their auditorium. Chief Guest of the programme was Dr Oruna Biswas, Additional Secretary (Administration and Finance), Secondary and Higher Secondary Division, Ministry of Education while Mr Md. Shamsul Alam, Chief, Bureau of Statistics chaired the session.

Mr Md. Abu Taher Khan, Sr. Systems Analyst has been working as training coordinator.

IFLA WLIC Congress attendance grant 2018, Dil Ruksana Basunia awarded

Ahasan and Mukta, Dhaka, 30 June 2018


Dil Ruksana Basunia, Deputy Librarian, University of Chittagong has been awarded for the 2018 recipients of the Academic & Research Libraries Attendance Grants of The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to attend World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) from 24-30 August 2018 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Dil Ruksana will attend the IFLA Congress and will present paper and also will take part in different discussion groups. Also will meet library professionals around the world. Transform libraries, transform societies

It is mentioning that Dil Ruksana Basunia has been working Corresponding  Member at Asia and Oceania Section of IFLA since 2015.

Sage and ExLibris are the sponsors for this category of grant of the incumbent WLIC.

Other Grant winners to attend IFLA Congress in KL in August 2018 are:


Ms Attya Shahid – National University of Computers and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan


Ms Adaora Chigozie Obuezie – Anambra State College of Health Technology, Obosi, Anambra State, Nigeria

Ms Kelemwork Agafari Kassahun/Madibela – Botho University, Botswana

The main source of the above information: https://www.ifla.org/node/52198

An Exclusive Interview with Dr Hasan Zamir

Hasan Zamir completed his PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina in 2017. His dissertation focused on diffusion, sentiment, and network analysis of a social media movement, and his research interests revolve around social media analytics, big data, and text mining. He has taught information retrieval, information architecture, computer-mediated communication, and user experiences at the University of South Carolina at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  At Dominican, he teaches Data Science, Information Technology, Health Informatics, and Web Designing courses both at graduate and undergraduate level. Zamir is active in leadership roles in various professional organisations including the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). Apart from teaching and supporting the expansion of Informatics programs at Dominican, he aims to explore data for social good.


Dr Hasan Zamir

Dr Zamir is now in Bangladesh for a short visit. The librarian Times was a keen interested in taking an interview to listen to history about his journey from Bangladesh to the United States of America. This interview was conducted by one of TLT’s Contributing Editors Ms Syeda Mukta Begum.


But I never gave up, although nearly two years from 2009 to 2011 I spent a very frustrating time of my life. I did not have a full-time job even after trying multiple times in various multinational companies.”


TLT: Could you please tell us your story about why, how and when did you decide to go to the United States of America to start your new journey with your wife?

Mr Hassan Zamir: Both my wife, Mir Parvin Pushan, and I completed our Honors and Master’s degree from the Information Science and Library Management department of the University of Dhaka in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Although we were the batch of 2003, due to the then two years session gridlock our exams were prolonged to later dates from 2006 to 2008 and 2007 to 2009. Pushan, my wife, got a job in Robi Telecommunications right before our final exams completed in 2009. I intended to apply for a faculty position in our department. Unfortunately, there was no job opening nearly for two years in our department. In the meantime, I engaged myself with part-time works and applications for scholarships. I started to explore the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship and was selected for interviews twice. Both of those experiences were bitter for me as the interviewers had very upsetting views about the library professionals and did not even care to listen to my answers for a single minute. “But I never gave up, although nearly two years from 2009 to 2011 I spent a very frustrating time of my life. I did not have a full-time job even after trying multiple times in various multinational companies.” The HR officers of these companies argued that I would join the Dhaka University department whenever there would be faculty openings. I also tried the BCS route, but I went through another bitter experience with it, too! Then I started to explore options for higher studies abroad. My first target was England and Australia. I began IELTS preparations for it. During that time, I visited the American Center to know about the higher studies options in the USA. I met Syed Robiul Bashar Bhai for the first time. Luckily, he told me about a student travel grant offered by the US Department of the State and introduced me to the Education USA officer, Arefin Jahan. Both of these two persons guided me with every step, especially with GRE and TOEFL preparations. They filled my mind with hopes. I researched the US LIS universities and started the applications and secured admissions in few universities. However, based on the research interests and, most importantly, the amount of funding I received, I chose the University of South Carolina for the PhD program. I started my PhD in August of 2011 under the supervision of my mentor Dr Samantha Hastings. In the meantime, Pushan quitted her lucrative job and joined me in South Carolina. She started Master’s in Library and Information Science and achieved the most outstanding student achievement award from the School of Library and Information Science of the University of South Carolina.

“I started my PhD in August of 2011 under the supervision of my mentor Dr Samantha Hastings.”


TLT: What made you choose to select PhD topic?

Mr Hassan Zamir: US education opened my eyes to the actual value of information in society. My professors at the University of South Carolina introduced us to various issues of information science. Due to the inception of social media, the role of information is now more important for making better decisions and understanding events. In 2013, there was Shahbag Movement and Bangladeshis across the globe used social media to express opinions. I followed its progression and collected data from Twitter. It is essential to know how information propagates, who controls its ownership, and about the formation of online networks during disruptive moments. After online social movements like “Arab Spring” and “Green Revolution”, I decided that the world should know about the Bangladeshi movement.


“It contributes to the existing knowledge of information diffusion, network analysis and social movement by analysing it from the perspectives of social media.”


TLT: Would you please share us about your PhD theoretical and practical outcomes? What is your contribution to the existing knowledge?

Mr Hassan Zamir: Theoretically, my PhD research informs about information propagation patterns, network formation, and sentiment patterns in social media. Practically, it exhibits how to compute information diffusion, networks, and analyse sentiments particularly during Twitter movements. It contributes to the existing knowledge of information diffusion, network analysis and social movement by analysing it from the perspectives of social media.


TLT: When did you join the Dominican University as an academic? Would you please share about which the course you are teaching over there?

Mr Hassan Zamir: I joined the iSchool of the Dominican University as a faculty in 2017 right after my PhD completion. Currently, I am teaching Data Science, Information Technology, Health Informatics, Web Designing, and Human-Computer Interactions courses. I teach both undergraduate and graduate on-campus and online courses.

TLT: You have studied in Information Science and Library Management at the University of Dhaka. Now you are teaching students in the USA. What are the differences between Bangladeshi and the USA learning and teaching systems in LIS courses?   


“In the USA, students get more opportunities to research, collaborate with faculty and peers, and lead projects.”

Mr Hassan Zamir: There are the number of differences between the US education and what we have learned in Bangladesh. In the USA, students get more opportunities to research, collaborate with faculty and peers, and lead projects. They are exposed to both the conceptual and practical aspects of studies. Faculty always try to bring in new ideas and nurture the inquisitive minds. They never disrespect students’ abilities and always motivate students for better outcomes. What I especially enjoyed is the experience of becoming an independent researcher. My professors at the University of South Carolina trained and guided me how to lead research projects, write grants, organise workshops and seminars. First, they tag us with their existing projects. We apply that learning later on. One more unique characteristic of the US education and overall US culture is diversity. They value talent highly and rarely judge anyone by her/his racial or cultural backgrounds. If someone has the passion for any areas of work and has the right skill to do it, they allow that person do it and provide all kinds of facilities needed to complete those works. Anyone can become successful with the right attitude about life.


TLT: What are the challenges you faced when you started your new journey in the USA? Please share something about professional experience or training experience gathered from the USA.


“I have joined various professional associations and took charge of leadership roles. Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) and Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) are my frequent Moreover; I attended many conferences, workshops, seminars for presentations. These helped me to develop my professional network, which is immensely valuable in the US job market.”


Mr Hassan Zamir: Of course, living thousands of miles away from the family members is always mentally challenging. Cultural differences on top of language barrier posed many initial challenges for me. But I learned from those and tried to adopt the diversity in life. I was fortunate enough that South Carolina had vibrant and welcoming student and senior Bangladeshi community, who offer supports like family members. The University of South Carolina has a dedicated international students service office just like any other US universities. This office provided immigration to academic and cultural to work – all kinds of support we need during our stay in the USA. Degree-wise, PhD is professional training in dealing with services, leadership, research and teaching simultaneously. I am profoundly thankful to my directors and PhD supervisors Dr Samantha Hastings and Dr David Lankes for their continuous support. Although the USA has a stronger economy, our PhD scholarships and assistantships came from Government funds. Historically all kinds of Government funds are uncertain and depend on the availability of budgets. My directors, especially Professor Samantha Hastings, worked hard for us to make sure we get paid every month. Our professors always sent us to attend national and international conferences. I have joined various professional associations and took charge of leadership roles. Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) and Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) are my frequent Moreover; I attended many conferences, workshops, seminars for presentations. These helped me to develop my professional network, which is immensely valuable in the US job market. Communications with and recommendations from right contact always give a leap in securing a dream job. My research interest strongly revolves around social media. School of Library and Information Science trained me with both advanced qualitative and quantitative research skills. My PhD dissertation needed more sophisticated techniques for data analysis for example sentiment analysis, social network analysis, which I learned by exploring various online education platforms, online computing courses, and seeking help from the Computer Science professors. Following innovations of research teams of the tech-giants like Google, IBM, Microsoft increased my knowledge on how to design my PhD research.


TLT: Would you like to share something for the library professionals in Bangladesh compared to the USA library professionals?

Mr Hassan Zamir: in general, I have observed sheer responsibility and commitment in the US work environments. Every person performs her/his duties responsibly. They are always committed to their responsibilities and maintain work schedules rigorously. These simple characteristics make the differences and increase work efficiencies. US LIS professionals are dedicated readers. They have fascinations of reading various kinds of materials, which give them expertise in specific areas so that they can provide excellent information services to their patrons. US LIS education prepares them to become work-ready due to educational policies set by the American Library Association (ALA). Many libraries, archives, museums require ALA-accredited degree to secure a job in those institutions. So, almost all of the LIS educational institutions offer ALA-accredited programs. The ALA-standard has worldwide recognition and acceptance.



TLT: How do LIS professionals can develop themselves to provide innovative service to the library users in Bangladesh? What could they follow from the USA LIS professionals’ to provide better library services?


“Our LIS professionals must have the mentality to preserve the correct history regardless of individual belief and background.”


Mr Hassan Zamir: Understanding the information needs of the patrons accurately is a must-have skill for the LIS professionals. So, the LIS professionals must have appropriate skills to serve their patrons. Due to the advancement of internet and the tech-innovations information is now available at our fingertips. Therefore, the LIS professionals in Bangladesh must adopt new technology to serve the information needs. We must look for new ventures to meet the information needs of the wider population. Mere outdated cataloguing and abstracting services will not be sufficient. Digitization of cultural heritage objects is always an exciting area to explore. Typically, LIS professionals have the right skills and knowledge to preserve the culture and civilisation of a country. Our LIS professionals must have the mentality to preserve the correct history regardless of individual belief and background.

TLT: What is your contribution towards Bangladesh LIS sectors?


“I do have a keen interest in contributing in Bangladesh LIS sector. I always welcome any opportunity for research or project collaborations with any Bangladeshi LIS scholar and expert. Currently, I am the editor of the World Libraries, a journal for the global LIS sector. I am expecting many Bangladeshi scholars will be interested in submitting their research in this journal.”


Mr Hassan Zamir: So far, my contribution to the LIS sector in Bangladesh is limited within research. I had an internship opportunity at the Dhaka British Council Resource Centre after my graduation from Dhaka University. Later I started my PhD and got involved with research and higher studies. However, I do have a keen interest in contributing in Bangladesh LIS sector. I always welcome any opportunity for research or project collaborations with any Bangladeshi LIS scholar and expert. Currently, I am the editor of the World Libraries, a journal for the global LIS sector. I am expecting many Bangladeshi scholars will be interested in submitting their research in this journal. I believe this will provide international exposure to the Bangladeshi LIS research. I always represent Bangladesh at various international professional LIS associations like ASIST, ALISE, iSchools. My primary aim is to promote Bangladesh LIS sector internationally. I am interested in serving on the PhD committees of any Bangladeshi LIS student.


TLT: What opportunities are there for Bangladeshi LIS students to participate in the USA Universities, both as a research student and as a general student by coursework? Would you please share information about scholarship, training and others opportunities for the LIS students and LIS professionals through TLT?



“Bangladeshi scholars have many opportunities in the US universities. They can go for PhDs and Masters. However, PhD will be the best option for many students.”


Mr Hassan Zamir: the USA is known as the land of opportunity. Historically this country has a reputation for equal opportunity. Everyone with right credentials and hard-working mentality can achieve anything they want. Bangladeshi scholars have many opportunities in the US universities. They can go for PhDs and Masters. However, PhD will be the best option for many students. Students can get partial to full scholarships in PhD. Also, students with Bachelor degree can directly apply for a PhD program in the US universities. Students should start early for admission preparation. Higher scores in TOEFL, GRE, a proper statement of purpose letter, CV, strong recommendation letters are vital to secure admission in the US universities. Students should communicate with the US professors and explore avenues to work with them. PhD students can get a full tuition waiver and a salary for their services in research and/or teaching. In comparison with the PhD degree, Master’s programs are offered with limited funding opportunities. Students have to look for part-time works to waive their educational expenses. My wife completed her Master’s in Library and Information Science with the most distinguished award in her class. She paid a minimal portion of her educational expenses, and the most amount was paid through scholarships based on her academic results and part-time on-campus works. However, I suggest going for the PhD program over Master’s degree due to the number of opportunities one can get out of it.

TLT: Would you like to say something to our future LIS young professionals to inspire them in this profession?

Mr Hassan Zamir: I always believe in the young generation. They are the future. They can bring change and novel ideas. With tenets such as hard-work, dedication, and passion they can achieve whatever they want. All they need is some patience. I suggest the young professionals start early and explore various new techniques in work environments. This is the age of information and internet. Putting information online such as on websites, social media, blogs will be an exciting idea for the young LIS professionals. Information cannot be only contained within physical buildings like libraries. Everything is becoming online these days. So, the young professionals should think about how they can serve information needs of specific communities through online libraries. They must learn computing and content management skills, programming languages like Python, HTML, CSS etc. and research techniques on top of traditional library service skills. The tremendous amount of free and authentic resources is available online to learn these skills. All they need is determination and, and I believe they can do it correctly.

TLT: As you know that The Librarian Times is the first-ever weekly news bulletin in our field and continuing without having an interruption of around two years. What could be its future, strength, and overall evaluation from your point of view?


Mr Hassan Zamir: I have heard about The Librarian Times (TLT). I believe it is making a big difference in the LIS field. There are limited LIS publications in Bangladesh. So, TLT is working towards filling that big gap, which is a remarkable initiative. Since its online and open, it can make a long-lasting transformation in the LIS profession. I congratulate the whole TLT team and welcome any opportunity to support TLT in achieving its unique vision.


TLT: Thank you very much for giving your valuable time


The Librarian Times Volume 03, Issue 19

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An interview with Dr Md. Zahid Hossain Shoeb, University Librarian, North South University (NSU)

Dr Md. Zahid Hossain Shoeb, is an alumni of Information Science and Library Management (ISLM), University of Dhaka. He completed his MA, MPhil and PhD from the University of Dhaka too. He also awarded MSc degree in Computer Science from Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) and GNIIT in System Management from National Institute of Information Technology.

He started his career with Rifles Public School and College, Dhaka, later started working with IUB Library in different positions. He received several foreign grants including IFLA-ALP Fellowship on Information Literacy and Information Technology, Victoria University of Wellington. He has different referred publications including from UK, Germany, USA and Canada.

Recently, he talked with The Librarian Times (TLT) and shared his views on various professional issues. TLT Associate Editor Mr Md  Ahasan Habib conducted this exclusive interview.

TLT:  Could you please tell us something about your Library (location, infrastructure, year of establishment, total user, total collection: online and print, and professional Manpower etc.)?

Dr Zahid: The NSU Library has grown over the years since 1992 and now is one of the best university libraries in Bangladesh due to the rich collection, welcoming space and quality services provided to the library users. This is the first fully automated university library in the country. The library has introduced state-of-the-art technology Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based Library Management System to automate library operation and management for the first time in the country in December 2012. The library users themselves can issue and return books using Self-Check and Book-Drop machines. They can also track the books on shelves using tracking machines.

Currently, the library provides research support, information skills, bibliographic management, lending, reference, readers’ guidance, internet, reading, news clipping, database searching, audio-visual, current awareness and SDI services to its users. The Wi-Fi and broadband internet connection of the library building help the library users to access online resources easily. Presently, NSU Library possesses total 45,448 printed books, 5,869 bound volume of periodicals and 1,644 audio-visual instruments. NSU Library is subscribing e-Resources from 52 e-Resources Database Providers (including 64,624 e-journal titles and 87,903 e-book titles) which cover almost all the subjects of NSU curricula. NSU Library is also facilitating the Citation and Abstract database ‘Scopus’, Research Management tool ‘Mendeley’, Plagiarism Checking portal ‘Turnitin’, Remote Access to online resources facilities ‘OpenAthens’, and Spelling & Grammar checker tool ‘Grammarly’ for the faculty members and students. At present, the library maintains 12 different sections, namely, arts and social sciences, applied sciences and engineering, biomedical sciences, reference, periodicals, cyber & audio-visuals, newspaper archive, study hall, faculty corner, Chinese books, acquisition & processing, and library administration to provide better services to its users. Currently, the Library has more twenty thousand users and 24 regular staff.

TLT: Your University Library uses Turnitin Software, and very few universities in Bangladesh use this software. Regarding quality of the research, your library is playing a significant role in supporting this tool. Tale us something about this issue.

Dr Zahid: NSU is the centre of excellence in higher education where there is no compromise in quality. Research is an integral part of the tertiary level of education by which you can measure the intellectual outcome of the academic community. Both graduate and undergraduate students have to go through the process of ethical use of information to minimise the culture of plagiarism. NSU faculty members and students have their Turnitin accounts. Faculty members created several virtual classes for respective courses where students submitted their assignment, tutorial, ideas, proposal, thesis, article etc. Turnitin software checks the originality of the content which shows the similarity index with percentage as well detailed result of the source from where the texts have been copied.

TLT: Do you get enough  Library budget? How do you set your Priority work within the allocated budget?

Dr Zahid: NSU Library does not have any budget restriction. NSU authority believes in “good resources for good research”. If any resources are required for education and research purpose, NSU authority is kind and generous enough to approve it.

TLT: Say something about the training experience you have congregated from New Zealand.

Dr Zahid: Oh, it was a long time ago I got the opportunity. It was a pleasant experience to learn something from the leader of any field. It was one-month project-based hands-on training programme on Information Literacy and Information Technology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Nine participants from Asia-Oceania region got a grant under the IFLA-ALP fellowship programme in the year 2009. It was a total package of how you can develop a suitable information literacy programme for your users/community in your context and how they will access this programme through the internet.

TLT: So far we know NSU Library uses LC and UDC both classification scheme. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using both schemes?

Dr Zahid: We are not using UDC. Primarily we use LC, and most of the resources are also classified under the DDC systems; resources are organised under the LC scheme. Since its inception, NSU Library has been using DDC scheme. DDC has 10 main classes where LC has 21. We know that library is a growing organism, so in light of the growing collection size and to follow Library of Congress, the then time NSU Library authority shifted to LC to allow more call numbers and to introduce the North American system in Bangladesh. You have to choose one scheme to organise your library collections on the shelves. However as we have to harvest MARC data so, we can easily incorporate those in our catalogue easily.

TLT: Due to rapid changes in technology, user habits and behaviour are also changing.  How do libraries can cope up and introduce new services?

Dr Zahid: Technology encompasses a wide range of abilities to the librarian. Library people and libraries must embrace all the relevant library current and emerging trends as well technology which is suitable to their local context with a view of global context. All the library personnel should update themselves to quench the thirst of users to support them with a tailor-made or customised programme. This is the time for the academic and research librarians to show their competencies for academic support and instructional services. Those of us who work in traditional colleges, universities and institutes need to stay focused to cope with the current role

TLT: Do you offer any training for your users? If yes what sorts of training are these?

Dr Zahid: We have several training sessions for the faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students are taught several information skills under the information literacy programme. Besides, under the research support programme NSU library conducted several training and workshops for faculty members and masters students. Currently NSU library conducting training on –

  • Mendeley
  • EndNote
  • Turnitin
  • Scopus
  • Grammarly
  • OpenAthens
  • Citation Style and Format
  • Search Techniques and Strategies
  • Evaluate Information Sources
  • Ethical use of information
  • Subject/Discipline-based E-resource
  • Creating Author Profiles/Author Identifier
  • Bibliography services
  • Identifying High Impact Journals

TLT: Earlier NSU Library offered training for professionals like Digital Librarianship. Do you have any plan to reintroduce it?

Dr Zahid: Yes, we are in the process to reboot this training with updated curricula.

TLT: In Public University Library Professional Librarian is a part of the academic council, and he has to perform additional duties to other vital posts including Registrar etc. If private universities practices so, is it good for us?

Dr Zahid: Obviously it is good for us, and it is useful for total education systems. Librarians are playing an active role in the effective learning in higher education systems; they should be included in forums as mentioned above. I am not confirmed right now about updated Private University Act concerning this sort of responsibilities. LAB and BALID may play a dynamic role regarding this issue.

TLT: What types of role the library associations especially LAB and BALID have to play for overall development?

Dr Zahid: There are several professional issues which are beyond an individual or a single institute to solve or to reach. LAB and BALID may serve as a forum to collaborate and coordinate individuals and small groups. So, primarily they should work for the professional development and advocate for the professionals.

TLT: Since you are a practitioner and professional librarian and have a wide variety of local and overseas experience, what is your opinion about the ISLM students learning outcome? Is it enough to learn from their studies to conduct modern library services and management? If not, why?

Dr Zahid: There is no remote control to run a modern library. A fresh graduate needs to learn a lot of things to fit for a modern library. I think relevant education, extensive experience, profound knowledge, research, collaboration and communication, adopting current and emerging trends, and dedication may be the driving forces to run a modern library.

TLT: As you know that The Librarian Times is the first-ever weekly News Bulletin in our field and continuing without having any interruption of the last fifteen months. TLT has also formed TLT foundation for making welfare and development of library profession. What is your suggestion or opinion for development of TLT including its Foundation?

Dr Zahid: TLT members are well equipped, and it is doing well. I think they are on the right track.

TLT: Thank you very much for giving your valuable time to TLT.

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