The World Bank e-resources project for UDL is closing soon: What is next?

Ahasan, Dhaka, 21 July 2018

The World Bank team on the 4th day of 17th Implementation Support Mission held a meeting with the officials and representatives of the beneficiary institutes of the UGC Digital Library (UDL) at UGC auditorium on Sunday 15 July 2018.

The library professionals from public and private universities, International and Research organisations attended the meeting and opined their views. Since the World Bank project is going to be ended soon, the subscribers have to pay the full amount for the membership instead of twenty percent payment. How the professionals will approach this fact with the respective authority, implementation effect, trail resources subscriptions and statistical facts and figures were discussed.

Up to June 2018 University Digital Library (UDL) provides 31000 e-books, 3100 e-journals, 10000 conference proceedings by 13 different publishers. At present there are ninety Bangladeshi organisations are subscribing to the UDL resources including 34 Public Universities, 51 Private Universities, 01 International University, 02 Research organisations and 02 training institutes.

Professor Dr Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, Member, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC), delivered an introductory speech at the meeting with Professor Dr Md. Akhtar Hossain, Member of UGC, in the chair. Jaminur Rahman, Senior Program Officer of UDL, presented the progress report of UDL at the meeting. Dr Gauranga Chandra Mohanta ndc, the Project Director of HEQEP and other officials and consultants of HEQEP were also present at the meeting.

As the World Bank e-resources project for UDL is closing soon: What is next?


Ms Shaharima Parvin attended the International Conference on Social Media & Society in Copenhagen, Denmark

Syeda Mukta Begum, Dhaka, 22 July 2018

Ms Shaharima Parvin, Assistant Librarian, East-West University attended the 9th International Conference on Social Media & Society. This conference is an annual gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. The conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from July 18 to 20, 2018.

The said conference was organised by the Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University and hosted by the Centre for Business Data Analytics at the Copenhagen Business School. The conference provides participants with opportunities to exchange ideas, present original research, learn about recent and ongoing studies, and network with peers.

Ms Shahrima presented a poster entitled “Government activities on Facebook: A Content Analysis of Selected Government Ministries’ Facebook Pages in Bangladesh”. The conference was focused on the best practices for studying the impact and implications of social media on society.

Here it is mentioned that earlier Ms Shaharima Parvin was selected as a fellow of the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2016.

Congratulations to Ms Shahrima Parvin on her continuous achievement and successes.

Prize and Certificate Award Session Held at Cox’s Bazar District Government Public Library

Ahasan, Dhaka, 21 July 2018

Cox’s Bazar District Government Public Library organised several competitions including book reading, easy writing, recitation, and drawing on the occasion of the Independence Day and National Day of Bangladesh, Bangla New Year, and the 119th birth anniversary of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. To give awards and certificates, the library organised a prize and certificate award session on Sunday 15 July 2018 at District Government Public Library, New Circuit House Road, Cox’s Bazar.

Mr Md. Kamal Hossain, District Commissioner Cox’s Bazar was present in the event as the chief guest while Muhammad Ashraf Hussain, Additional District Commissioner (Education and ICT) Cox’s Bazar presided over the event.

Mr Md. Kamal Hossain, District Commissioner Cox’s Bazar, emphasised on book reading, cultural activities and its importance in his speech.

Mr Rishikesh Paul, Librarian, Cox’s Bazar, District Government Public Library initiated to organise the event. He delivered a welcome speech on the occasion. The continuing students from different age groups of several educational institutions took part in the mentioned program.


Orientation Program held at Institute of Library and Information Science (ILIS)

Ahasan, Dhaka, 21 July 2018

The Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science orientation program was held on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 at Institute of Library and Information Science, Nilkhet High School, Nilkhet, Dhaka. Dr Jalal Ahmed, Director (In Charge), Division of Sale, Marketing and Reprinting, Bangla Academy and Member Adhoc Committee, ILIS, Dhaka, was present in the event as the Chief Guest while Mr Kazi Abdul Majed, Principal, ILIS chaired the session.

Three hundred and fifty-Seven students have enrolled for the session 2018-2019. This institute is being affiliated by the National University, Bangladesh. At present there are 26 Institutions are conducting this course under the National University, Bangladesh.

In the said event, Professor Dr Nasiruddin Munshi, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka; Mr Shakawat Hussain Bhuiyan, Deputy Librarian, University of Dhaka; Mr Bepin Behary Karmaker, Principal Librarian, BIRDEM; Mr Hamidur Rahaman Tushar, Assistant Director, Department of Public Library; Ms Anita Helen, Lecturer, National University were present among others. The Diploma Program is twice semester system in a year. The faculty and staff members of the Institute and other invited guests were present to make the event successful.

Congratulations Mr Alamgir, you’ve just been promoted!

19 July 2018, Nonigopal Roy, RU
Md. Alamgir Hossen has been promoted to the position of Documentation Officer (G-9) at Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali. Mr Hossen joined at PSTU as a Cataloguer. Prior to joining this University, he worked as an Assistant Library Officer at Southeast University.

Mr Hossen graduated with B.S.S (Hons.) and M.S.S degree in Information Science & Library Management from University of Rajshahi.

He is a life member of the Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB).

Congratulations Mr Alamgir, you’ve just been promoted!

Workshop on “Information searching for knowledge discovery: strategies and techniques” Held at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU)

Md. Habibur Rahman

University Librarian, CVASU

Chattagram, 21 July 2018

A daylong Workshop on “Information searching for knowledge discovery: strategies and techniques” was held at the Administrative Building conference room of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) on 17 July 2018.

Professor Dr Goutam Buddha Das, Vice-Chancellor, CVASU was present as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the workshop.

Md Habibur Rahman, University Librarian, CVASU presided over the ceremony while Professor Dr Md Rayhan Faruque, Dean, Faculty of Food Science and Technology; Professor MA Halim, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine were present as the special guests.

Professor Dr S. M. Zabed Ahmed, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka was the key resource person at the workshop. The workshop was focused on how to search scholarly articles using different search engines within the quickest possible time. Dr Zabed discussed on types of searching, formulation of search strategy, search techniques, Boolean logic, parenthesis, use of truncation and wildcards with practical examples. He also discussed the importance of Open Access publishing, publishing process of Open Access journals. He shared the idea of predatory journals, its characteristics, and demerits of publishing articles into predatory journals and how to avoid predatory journals.

The faculty members of CVASU, who participated in the workshop enthusiastically enjoyed the session on the topics and appreciated. The participants expressed that such type of workshops should be arranged frequently by the central library.

The Sub-Project Manager (SPM) & University Librarian Mr Md. Habibur Rahman assured that CVASU central library will keep continuing its activities including arranging the similar workshop in the near future.

The workshop was organised by HEQEP sub-project CP 2184: Modernization of central library and Establishment of an E-resource Centre of CVASU and financed by the World Bank.

Bangabandhu Mobile Book Fair: A Tribute to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: Father of the Nation

Ratan K Das, Dhaka, 22 July 2018

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the founding father of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. He is the noblest and the greatest Bangalese in a thousand years. He was born on 17 March 1920 in Tungipara Upazila of Gopalganj. He dedicated his life for the welfare of this nation. He was the first president of Bangladesh. He was the Prime Minister of Bangladesh from March 1971 until his assassination on 15 August in 1975. Since then August is the blackest month of our national life.

It is the most disgraceful tragedy in the history of Bangladesh. The nation observes this month as national Mourning Month. Each year the Government and different organisations chalked out nationwide programs to monitor the month at the state level. Among others, two publishing houses, Srabon Prokashoni and Boinews, will organise a book fair titled ‘Bangabandhu Mobile Book Fair’ as part of the month-long programs.

The fair will begin in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Munsiganj, Gazipur, and Manikganj on 1 August. Several book-laden pickup vans will stay on the premises of educational institutions including schools, colleges, and universities of Dhaka and adjoining districts. The event will be ended on 31 August.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a first-class writer. Inspired by his wife, he started writing autobiography during his time in jail. He wrote ‘Oshomapto Attojiboni’ (The Unfinished Memoirs). His second memoir is ‘Karagarer Rojnamcha’ (Prison Diary). These two books will be displayed and sold in the coming book fair along with the 100 best books on Bangabandhu by distinguished writers. Any reader can buy these books from the fair with a 25 percent discount.

Courtesy: BSS

Workshop on Library Automation and Digitisation held at BANBEIS

Ahasan, Dhaka, 22 July 2018

A six-day long training program on Library Automation and Digitisation held at Bangladesh National Bureau of Educational and Statistics(BANBEIS), Dhaka from 15 July 2018 to 22 July 2018, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm  (except Friday).

Participants learned hands-on training on Integrated Library Management System “Koha” which includes data entry, editing, patron management, searching, installation etc. The central server will be maintained by BANBEIS where different college libraries/Institutions will be able to stretch input to the server. Initially, twelve colleges and twenty-four participants attended the said training program.  Participatory institutions and training participants are MS. Shahnaz Parvin, Program Officer and Mr Md. Nazmul Hasan Rajib, Office Assistant Cum Typist, Bangladesh National UNESCO Commission, Ms Mahmuda Akter, Librarian, Ministry of Education, Ms Kanij Mouluda Akter, Librarian, Mr Parimal Sarker, Assistant Librarian Dhaka College, Ms Jahanara Begum, Librarian, and. Mahmuda Khatun, Assistant Librarian, Government Eden College, Dhaka, Mr Md. Rabiul Alam, Librarian, Dhaka Mohammadpur Central University College, Mr Rafiqual Islam, Assistant Librarian, Rajuk Uttara Model College, Ms Tahhida Hossain, Librarian, Mirpur College, Dhaka, Ms Anjuman Ara Shimul, Librarian, and Mr Md. Asadul Haq, Assistant Librarian, Teachers Training College, Dhaka, Ms Fatema Akter, Donia College, Dhaka, Mr Md. Abdul Kader, Librarian, Dhaka Imperial College, Mr Md. Shamsul Alam, Librarian, Adamjee Cantonment College, Dhaka Mr Nurul Islam, Librarian, Gazipur Cantonment College, Gazipur, Mr Md. Rafiqul Islam, Documentation Officer and Ms Maksuda Khatun, Library Assistant, National Academy for Education Management(NAEM), Ministry of Education, Mr Md. Abdul Jalil, Cataloguer, Mahera Shahnaj, Library Assistant, Mr Md. Rafiqual Alam, Office Assistant cum Computer Assistant, Mr Md. Asab Uddin, Compiler, and Mr Md. Rabiul Islam, Library Helper, BANBEIS.

An inaugural ceremony was held on 15 July 2018 at BANBEIS Auditorium for this event. Dr Aruna Biswas, Additional Secretary (Admin and Finance), Secondary and Higher Secondary Division, Ministry of Education was the chief guest while Mr Md. Fashiullah, Director General presided over the session.