Nominations Open: 2022 ASIS&T International Awards

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/

 

Message from the Prime Minister and the President on the occasion of National Library Day 2022

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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School Libraries Face Multiple Barriers in Bangladesh

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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LABiCon2022 held at Dhaka

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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National Library Day 2022 observed at DPL

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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National Library Day observed at IUB

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

ASIS&T 24-Hour Global Conference: Call for Proposals

The 24-Hours Global Conference 2022 aims to promote networking among individuals, organizations, and institutions. This is a fully virtual conference available for both ASIS&T members and non-members. The conference, like its name, will run over a 24-hour period and will cover all time zones. The format of participation is varied to support numerous ways of learning, engagement, and sharing. Accepted formats include, but are not limited to:

  • Paper presentations
  • Panel discussions
  • Provocation sessions
  • Poster presentations
  • Professional work shadowing
  • Illustrations
  • Lightning talks
  • Webinars

Call for Proposals

Participants are encouraged to think outside the box and be creative in showcasing what is happening in their region in the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic and information sciences. Collaborations are encouraged among colleagues, and across disciplines.

Topics relevant to the theme include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Networking in virtual environments
  • Sharing for learning
  • Learning though networking
  • Role of social networking in enhancing professional skills
  • Digital humanities
  • Artificial Intelligence and new technologies
  • Collaborative information seeking, human collaboration and cooperation
  • Networking around the globe: opportunities and challenges
  • Becoming agents of change in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Building for the future
  • Creating Connections, Building Bridges…Together
  • Facing the Future – Together
  • Inclusive and Equitable Practices during COVID-19
  • Role of innovative leadership in networking and sharing

Please submit a short abstract (maximum 500 words) indicating the format of presentation. Include the names of all presenters, including their affiliation, country and email address.

Submit abstract 

More details here. 

 

Celebration of Sound: Public Domain Day *Virtual* Celebration

About this event

On January 20, 2022, the Internet Archive, Creative Commons and many other leaders from the Open world will honor the treasure trove of works published in 1926 that will enter the public domain next year. The public domain will grow richer with canonical works from authors like Hemingway, Faulkner and Dorothy Parker, silent film classics like Nanook of the North, and beloved children’s stories about Winnie-the Pooh and the Hundred Acre woods, becoming freely available to all.

For registrations and other information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebration-of-sound-public-domain-day-virtual-celebration-tickets-223634836817

2022 ASIS&T Annual Meeting 28 October – November 2, 2022

The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology will be held from 28 October – November 2, 2022 in Pittsburgh, PA. In its 85th year, the ASIS&T Annual Meeting is the premier education and networking event for the information science and technology community.  The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society.

To know more about this meeting visit https://www.asist.org/meetings-events/am/.

 

Acceleration of health information literacy a webinar held

Md. Monirul Islam,

December 19, 2021

An international webinar entitled “Acceleration of health information literacy: preparing multi-lingual covid-19 contents for South Asia region” was held virtually on December 18, 2021. The program was jointly organized by the Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) South Asia Chapter and the Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka.
Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, Vice-Chancellor, University of Dhaka, remained present as Chief Guest. Professor Dr. Md. Nasiruddin Munshi, Department of Information Science and Library Management & Librarian (In-Charge) of Dhaka University Library, was present as Special Guest.
The keynote paper was presented by Dr. Samuel K. W. Chu, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. Dr. Bhakti Gala, Assistant Professor, Central University of Gujarat, India, delivered the welcome speech at the beginning of the program.
Professor Dr. S.M.Zabed Ahmed, Department of Information Science and Library Management (ISLM), DU, Professor Dr. Md. Saiful Islam, Chairman of ISLM Department, DU, Dr. Dilara Begum, Chairman, Department of Information Studies and Library Management, East-West University, A.K.M. Eamin Ali Akanda, Chairman of ISLM Department, RU and Razina Alam, Head of Library, Bangladesh Shishu Academy discussed on the keynote topic as panellists.

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