The Librarian Times entered its sixth year after completing its fifth successful years on 2nd February 2022!
In the last five years, TLT has made a significant contribution to the library profession, especially to the library sector in Bangladesh. What have we achieved in the last five years, if anyone asks us? We would say that TLT has launched several professional awards for Library Professionals for the first time in Bangladesh. TLT introduced the first library and information science webinar in the history of Bangladesh.
In addition, TLT played a role in taking the library profession to a higher level through increasing domestic and international collaboration.
Let us take a look at our achievements in 5 years.
The Librarian Times enters its sixth year! What have we achieved in the last five years?
As an Editor-in-chief, I would like to give all the credit for the success to TLT members who have been involved with TLT activities for the last five years.
October 29-November 1, 2022
Crisis, Transition, Resilience: Re-Imagining an Information-Resilient Society
ASIS&T is now accepting nominations for the 2022 international awards. These twelve coveted and prestigious ASIS&T awards represent the greatest recognition and respect professionals may afford their colleagues.
All ASIS&T members and non-members are invited and encouraged to submit nominations for the awards. Selections of award recipients are made after thoughtful and thorough consideration by appropriate committees or official bodies of the Association.
The 2022 awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony held at the 2022 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA USA.
All award nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2022.
For more information on ASIS&T’s Awards & Honors, visit website https://www.asist.org/programs-services/awards-honors/
Amrita Dash, Dhaka
Photo: President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (collected) Amrita Dash, Dhaka
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina delivered separate messages on the National Library Day-2022.
In a message, President M Abdul Hamid said people’s unrestricted access to public libraries plays a vital role in developing education, culture, and social development as libraries have an enormous role in forming a knowledgeable, beautiful, and enlightened society.
In the backdrop of the ongoing globalisation of information technology, the President said that the traditional library concept has been changed too, adding “libraries now have reached to the highway of technology.”
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Prodip Roy and
Md Anwarul Islam
Photo: Copyrighted, Bangladesh Shishu Academy
Last year, on National Library Day, the Daily Star published an article entitled “School librarians should be given teacher’ status.” Then on 28th March 2021, a circular was issued by the concerned authority of the Bangladesh government, showing all school librarians and assistant school librarians have been given teacher status. The article was fundamental in the context of that time. After a long movement and waiting period, the school librarians and assistant school librarians got the teacher status. The inequality is now eliminated after the announcement of the new MPO policies and the human resources framework 2021 for private schools and colleges. The new position of the school librarian is called ‘Teacher (Library and Information Science)’, and Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer is called ‘Assistant Teacher (Library and Information Science).
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Md. Monirul Islam,
February 13, 2022, Dhaka
Photo: International conference on the role of LIS professionals in the 4th Industrial Revolution (LABiCon2022)
An international conference on the role of LIS professionals in the 4th Industrial Revolution (LABiCon2022) was held at the Institution of Engineers, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 11 February 2022. Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB), a leading library professional association in Bangladesh, organised the conference in a hybrid mood.
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Mir Adiba Awlad
February 7, 2022
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal inaugurates National Library Day-2022 on the National Library premises in the capital on Saturday. State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid was present.
On February 5, 2022, the honourable Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Asaduzzaman Khan, MP, inaugurated the 5th National Library Day at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of the Department of Public Libraries in Dhaka on Saturday. The theme for National Library Day 2022 was ‘digital library is the pledge of the country’s golden jubilee’.
Department of Public Libraries under the cultural affairs ministry organised the program to observe the National Library Day this year. The honourable Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Mr KM Khalid, MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on the Ministry of Culture, Ms Simin Hossain Rimi, MP, were present as special guests at the occasion. Mr A A M S Arefin Siddiqui, the former Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University, President of BSS and President of the Board of Trustees of Bangladesh National Museum, was the keynote speaker at the discussion meeting organised on the occasion of the day. Honourable Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Mr Md. Abul Mansur presided over the function.
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Md. Monirul Islam,
February 8, 2022
In observance of the National Library Day 2022, the IUB Library organized a hybrid discussion session, award-giving ceremony, and a book donation program on Sunday, February 6, 2022. This year’s theme for the National Library Day was ‘digital library is the pledge of the country’s golden jubilee’.
Professor Md. Abu Taher, a Member of the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC), attended in the event as the Chief Guest while IUB Vice-Chancellor Tanweer Hasan, PhD, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan, PhD, attended as the Special Guests. » Read more