The University of Kalyani has conferred a PhD degree to Md. Moniruzzaman

Md. Moniruzzaman, National Information Officer and Head of United Nations Information Centre (Bangladesh), on 11 October 2018 was conferred with a PhD in Library and Information Science by the University of Kalyani (India) for his research on “ A critical study of information support services of UN agencies towards socio-economic development of Bangladesh.’’ Sri Sabuj Dasgupta of the Department of Library and Information Science of the University of Kalyani supervised the thesis.

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North South University Arranged a Workshop On Building High Impact Research Portfolio with Scopus

Tanveer, NSU, 28 July 2018

North South University Library and Office of the Graduate Studies jointly organised a workshop, titled “Workshop on Building High Impact Research Portfolio with Scopus” on 26 July 2018 at 11:20 AM – 12: 50 PM (LIB-608). Total twenty-seven faculty members from various schools and departments participated in the program.

Mr M M Shoeb, Sr. Assistant Librarian, in his welcome speech mentioned the objective of the workshop, the importance of the Scopus indexed journals for better citation and impact in QS Ranking.

Dr Md. Zahid Hossain Shoeb, NSU Librarian, described Advanced Search Techniques on Scopus, Search Result Analysis Procedure, Several Journal Metrics, and Journals Scientific Prestige etc.

Professor Sharif Nurul Ahkam, Director, Graduate Studies, showed the research techniques based on Scopus citation database.

The workshop ended with a Question/Answer session and at the end of the session Professor Sharif Nurul Ahkam, Director, Graduate Studies, and Dr Md. Zahid Hossain Shoeb, NSU Librarian, distributed certificates among the participants of the program.

Koishor Tarunnye Boi turns year two

Ratan K Das, Dhaka, 29 July 2018

Koishor Tarunnye Boi is a book reading campaign of the leading publishing houses of Bangladesh. The campaign entered its second year recently. This platform was inaugurated on 23 July 2016.

To celebrate this occasion they organised a three-day book fair. The fair kicked off at the premises of Rajuk Uttara Model College in Dhaka. Children’s literature author Ali Imam inaugurated the fair as the chief guest.  In his speech he said, dreams are born from reading books. Koishor Tarunye Boi president Tushar Abdullah presided over the ceremony. He emphasizes on reading books in spite of dependence on machines. Rajuk Uttara Model College principal Mr Kazi Showkat Alam and journalist Mr Tushar Abdullah were present at the event as the special guests.

It was the 42nd book fair organised by Koishor Tarunnye Boi. A total of 12 publishers have participated in the fair.

Courtesy: New Age


World Book Day 2018 Book Reading Competition

Ratan K Das, Dhaka, 29 July 2018

World Book Day is the worldwide celebration of authors, readers, publishers, illustrators and so on. The day is designed by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). To celebrate the day each year British Council Bangladesh organises a nation-wide book reading competition. The organisation wants to encourage Bangladeshi children, young adults and adults to explore the happiness of reading.

This year British Council and Daffodil Education Network (DEN) will jointly organise this competition.

Visit the following link for more information.

Nurul Islam Mahfuz & Monirul Islam invited to attend the ICAL-2018, Srinagar, Kashmir.

28 July 2018

Monirul Islam

Librarian, Army Medical College Chittagong

Chittagong Cantonment

Nurul Islam Mahfuz, Deputy Director (LID, IIUC) & Faculty Member (LIS, IIUC) and Md. Monirul Islam, Librarian of Army Medical College Chittagong are going to attend the 3rd International Conference of Asian Libraries on Building smart libraries: changes, challenges, issues, & strategies.

The said conference is jointly organised by Central University of Kashmir (CUK), Kashmir, Asian Library Association (ASIALA), New Delhi and International Federation of Library Association (IFLA) taking place at CUK, Srinagar, Kashmir during August 6-8, 2018.

The research paper titled ‘Automation system at International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) Library in Bangladesh: A status report’ authored by Nurul Islam Mahfuz and Md. Monirul Islam was accepted to publish in the conference journal earlier and authors are invited to give an oral presentation in a session on the paper.


Qualification of Librarian and Assistant Librarian positions in Dakhil, Alim, Fazil and Kamil Madrasas: It is a contradictory thought – and totally unfair

Prodip Roy, Editor, TLT, 28 July 2018

Firstly, I am starting my writing with an excellent news in the Library and Information sector in Bangladesh. The Librarian and Assistant Librarian posts have been created in Dakhil, Alim, Fazil and Kamil Madrasas. It is undoubtedly good news for Bangladeshi library profession. When the process of recruitment of Librarian and Assistant Librarian to MPO affiliated madrasas will start public relations will be increased in the profession.

I personally applaud to the former and current leaders of the Library Association Bangladesh (LAB) and Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists (BALID), including all public and private officials involved in this initiative. Madrasas are widespread educational institutions located all over Bangladesh. They are involved with educating children in rural and urban areas.

Madrasa Education Board was formed in 1978 under the Ordinance for the Modernization of Madrasa Education. According to the Madrasah Education Department, the total number of madrasas in the country is 9, 137. The Private Educational Institutions (Madrasa) Manpower Structure and MPO Policy-2018 was released on 19 July 2018. This announcement will create and open a significant job opportunity in Bangladesh as well as establishing an excellent scope for the library and information science sector.

But there are some inconsistencies in this announcement in compare to other positions, which require reforms.

Back history:  

24 October 1995:

Notification issued of Private Educational Institutions (Madrasa) Govt. Salary Part and Manpower Structure Policy-1995. Assistant Librarian positions were created in this announcement and the required qualification for this recruitment was a Graduate degree in any discipline with a Diploma in Library Science.

25 October 2011:

The Ministry of Education issued a circular on October 25, 2011, for the appointment of Assistant Librarian in Dakhil and Alim Madrasa similar to Secondary and Higher Secondary. It was said in the serial number of the Circular (d) “Submitted as Secondary / Higher Secondary and Assistant Librarian included in Alim Madrasa”. As a result, recruitment of assistant librarian in Dakhil and Alim Madras started.

15 April 2012:

On April 15, 2012, a circular was issued and Dakhil and Alim Madrasas stopped the recruitment of assistant librarian posts. It was said that these positions cannot be recruited until the educational qualification, the fixation of the salary structure and the appointment policy are made properly.

19 July 2018:

Notification issued of Private Educational Institutions (Madrasa) Manpower Structure and MPO Policy-2018. In this policy, Librarian and Assistant Librarian positions have been reformed for Dakhil, Alim, Fazil and Kamil Madrasas. However, the educational qualifications for these requirements have been kept different.

The new eligibilities for Librarian:

Private Educational Institutions (Madrasa) Manpower Structure and MPO Policy-2018, the new eligibilities for Librarian positions are,

a) Degree in Kamil under Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board/Islamic University/Islamic Arabic University and

b) Diploma degree in Library Science


a) Graduate and a Post-graduate degree in Arabic and

b) Diploma degree in Library Science


The new eligibilities for Assistant Librarian:

The new eligibilities for Assistant Librarian positions are

a) Degree in Fazil under Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board/Islamic University/Islamic Arabic University and

b) Diploma degree in Library Science


a) Graduate degree in Arabic literature with and

b) Diploma degree in Library Science.  

That means, after completing a Graduation and Master degree in other discipline and with a Diploma degree in Information Science and Library Management or evening Master degree holders in Information Science and Library Management and Honors and Master degree holders in Information Science and Library Management none is eligible to apply to the madrasas for Librarian and Assistant Librarian position. They will not be eligible for appointed for these positions which are unfair and discriminate policy.


The announcement will hamper the current flow and development of LIS profession:  

Librarian and Assistant Librarian recruitment of the Private Educational Institutions (Madrasa) Manpower Structure and MPO Policy-2018 is clear discrimination between the madrasa and general education system and this discrimination cannot be accepted in any way in the librarian profession. The government has a mandate in establishing Digital Bangladesh and the LIS professionals are playing a significant role to support in the process. Very recently I came to know through a social media status that many graduates from other prestigious universities i.e. Dhaka University Business Faculty students have enrolled in Information Science and Library Management to study the subject due to the current importance and job prospects. This notice will be hindering the current flow and development of the LIS profession in the country.


Library and Information Science is a Unique and Universal Profession: 

Under the current curriculums of LIS education, a Graduate or Post-graduate or Diploma student in Library and Information Science are considered and eligible for working in any National, Academic, Public and Special Libraries. A student in Library and Information Science is being trained to work with any kind of libraries. Arabic is a language similar to other different languages in the world. The librarians are being developed in such a way that they can meet special needs in the specialized institution. The language is not a significant issue to get recruitment in madrasa as a librarian or assistant librarian. The technical terms in the LIS profession i.e. LCSH, MARC21, AACR2, RDA can be managed in Arabic/Urdu or whatever language collections are in the madrasa libraries.

Madrasa students are receiving equal opportunity:

The Education Policy 2010 seeks to bring all students of the country, irrespective of their religions, genders, physical limitations, socioeconomic and geographic locations, under one system. In a policy statement, the Government had taken specific policies to modernize the madrasa education system. And the recruitment of Librarian and Assistant Librarian are the part of the madrasa modernization policy similar to other compulsory subjects (i.e. Introduction to Environmental Studies), Information Technology, and Science.  As a result madrasa students are receiving equal opportunity to apply in accordance with the country’s traditional education system and job structure. The authority should follow the same rules for all ordinary students.

The process of recruitment of Librarian and Assistant Librarian in Dakhil, Alim, Fazil and Kamil Madrasas should be stopped until a fair and undiscriminating notice is issued by the authority. This announcement, particularly for Librarian and Assistant Librarian eligibility sections, should be re-considered before starting the appointment activity. Otherwise, other new crises will occur in the education systems.

The library professionals are seeking a quick settlement of this discrimination and injustice for the development of madrasas education systems and establishing equal opportunities for all citizens in the country.

Prodip Roy

RMIT University, Australia

email: [email protected]

National Workshop on IR and RFID Implementation of Central Library, KUET held

Ahasan, Dhaka, 28 July 2018

Inauguration of RFID system and a daylong National Workshop on IR and RFID Implementation of Central Library, Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET) was held on 21 July 2018 at Digital Library Access Center, Central Library, KUET, and Khulna. The event was organised by Sub-Project (CPSF-435/KUET/W-3/2017) and funded by the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project of University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh.

In the inaugural session, Prof. Dr Muhammed Alamgir, Vice-Chancellor, KUET was present as the chief guest while Prof. Dr Quazi Hamidul Bari, Dean Faculty of Civil Engineering, Prof. Dr Md. Abdur Rafiq, Dean, Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Prof. Dr Mihir Ranjan Haldes, Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Dr K.M. Azharul Hasan, Dean of Computer Science and Engineering were present as the special guests. Mr Md. Akkas Uddin Pathan, SPM(CPSE-435), HEQEP and Librarian, Central Library, KUET presided over the session.

The participants from sixteen different universities attended in the National Workshop. The participants and universities in this event are Mr Md. Hafizur Rahaman Mollah, Deputy Librarian,  and Mr Md. Kamrul Ahsan, Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST), Mr Sheik Md. Jalal Uddin, Librarian(In Charge), and Mr Md. Saiful Islam, Junior Librarian, Central Library, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University(JKKNIU), Mr Muhammad Rashidul Islam, Principal Library Officer, Mr Saiful Islam, Senior IT Officer, Northern University of Business and Technology, Khulna(NUBT), Mr Khundker Noor Elahi, Assistant Librarian, Mr Md. Rafiquar Rahman, Assistant Librarian, Central Library, Rajshahi University(RU), Mr Md. Nasirul Islam, Deputy Librarian, Mr Sudarshan Saha, Assistant Programmer, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University(BSMRSTU), Gopalganj, Mr Md. Alamgir Hossen, Documentation Officer, Mr Nittondo Shill, Cataloguer, Central Library, Patuakhali Science and Technology University(PSTU), Mr Md. Shamim Rahman, Programmer, Mr Md. Mehedi Hasan, Assistant Librarian, Jessore University of Science and Technology(JUST), Mr Md. Mahbub Alam, Additional Librarian, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology(RUET), Mr Md. Abdur Rouf Bin Abedin, Deputy Librarian, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University(HSTU), Mr Abdullah Al Mamun, Library Officer, Stamford University Bangladesh(SUB), Dr Kazi Moklesur Rahman, Librarian, Mr Kazi Ferdous, Deputy Librarian and Mr Md. Ainul Moin Noor, Section Officer, IT Cell, Khulna University(KU), Mr Md. Abu Awal Siddique, Deputy Librarian, and Mr Md. Sirajul Islam, System Analyst, Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology(DUET), Mr Md. Abdul Aziz, Deputy Librarian, Islamic University, Kushtia, Ms Duali Biswas, Library In Charge, Mr Md. Mahdi Hussain, Programmer, North-Western University(NWU), Ms Tanzeba Raihan Shoma, Deputy Librarian, (programming) and Mohammad Azharul Hoque, Deputy Librarian (Automation), Central Library, University of Dhaka (DU). There were six staff  from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology also attended the workshop. They are Engr. Mehirlal Sarkar, Programmer, Mr Sujit Basu, Internet Service Officer, IICT, Mr Pabitra Kumar Saha, Section Officer (G-1), Central Library, Mr Md. Mostafizur Rahman, Cataloguer, Central Library Mr Md. Baizid Hossain Mollah, Data Processor, Central Library, Mr Md. Mahmud Ali, Head Assistant, Central Library.

Prof. Dr Muhammed Alamgir, Vice-Chancellor, KUET appreciated the role, Mr Md. Akkas Uddin Pathan, Librarian, KUET regarding the implementation of latest technology at KUET Central Library. The workshop participants learned and seen their activities especially Institutional Repository and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

On 22 July 2018, there was a scenic cruise tour on the Pasur River for the participants organised by the workshop authority.

Training on Skill Development: building information modelling’ held at BUET Central Library

Ahasan, Dhaka, 22 June 2018A two-day long Training on “Skill Development: Building Information Modelling’ from 09 June 2018 to 10 June 2018 was held at seminar room of Central Library, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). The Department of Architecture, BUET, arranged the said training under a subproject of Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) titled “Development of ICT based teaching and learning facilities at the Department of Architecture, BUET to enhance the quality of architecture education in Bangladesh”.

Dr Gauranga Chandra Mohanta ndc, Project Director of HEQEP, attended the inaugural ceremony of the training as the chief guest with Dr Md. Ashikur Rahman Joarder, professor of the Department of Architecture, BUET, and also the SPM of the subproject in the chair. Professor Dr Khandaker Shabbir Ahmed, Head of the Department of Architecture, BUET, delivered a speech as the special guest on this occasion. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, BUET, conducted the training as the instructor. A total of 25 students of the Department of Architecture, BUET took part in the training.

Training on Community Engagement for Public Libraries held at Bogura

Ahasan, Dhaka, 22 June 2018

A two-day extended training on “Community Engagement for Public Libraries” from 08-09 June 2018 was held at Hotel Naz Garden, Bogura. Seventeen participants from different government public libraries working in the northern region of Bangladesh participated in the training programme. Libraries Unlimited project and the Ministry of Cultural affairs were involved in arranging this training. Several topics including Identifying Stakeholders among the Community, Analysing Community Engagement Practices, Activities by Government public libraries, BRAC Gonokendro, British Council Library, Bisso Sahitya Kendra, Levels of Community Engagement, Ways or Types of Engagement with the Community, Working with Community Advocacy,Social Mobilization, Programme Communication, Skills for Community Engagement, Evaluation of Community Engagement Activities, Outlining a Community Engagement Plan were covered in the training. To learn the mentioned topics, organisers followed different methods and techniques such as brainstorming, self-image, Card Collection and Clustering, Small group work and presentation, participatory discussion and feedback.

To make the event successful a group of resource persons conducted the sessions including Mr.Shakil Sinha and Mr Ali Ahmed. At the end of the training the participants and the resource persons visited several historical places of Bogra including Mohastangir as part of sightseeing tour.

The similar type of event was also held at Barishal on 04-05 June 2018.

Little note: In collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and supported by Department of Public Libraries, the British Council in Bangladesh are re-imagining the public library sector through an exciting project, Libraries Unlimited.

Ms Sonia Naznin has been awarded MPhil degree

Apu, Dhaka, 18 June 2018Ms Sonia Naznin has been awarded MPhil degree in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka. Her research topic is titled Information for Social Innovation: An Evaluation of Government and NGOs Initiatives in Bangladesh.” The primary supervisor for this study was Professor Dr Md Shiful Islam.

Ms Naznin obtained both her B.A (Hons.) and M.A degree in Information Science and Library Management from the same University. Currently, she is working at Eastern University, Dhaka, as an Assistant Librarian and In Charge of the Library.

As a researcher, her research interest areas included digital library: software, systems, services, ICT, E-Resources, E-Learning, user behaviour, open access, information literacy, knowledge management, social and service innovation.

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