The librarian Times family and LIS professionals mourn the death of Dr Md Nazim Uddin

Prodip Roy, Melbourne, 24 December 2020

Dr Md Nazim Uddin, Senior Manager and Head, Library and Information Services, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) passed away on 23 December 2020 at 10.00 PM in Dhaka (Inna lillahi Oa Inna Ilahi Razeun) due to complications from COVID-19. He was admitted to the United Hospital Dhaka for the treatment of COVID-19 and pneumonia.  

Dr Nazim was engaged with The Librarian Times activities in many ways. He was the Chair of TLT Awards Selection Committee for 2019 and played a significant role in nominating the awardees. 

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Why the library services need to adopt the concept of service science? ULAB Library presents a webinar!

December 4, 2020

Kamal Hossain, Deputy Librarian
University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)
University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) library hosted a webinar titled Shaping Library Services in the Post-pandemic era: service science context on 1 December 2020.
Dr Md. Mukhlesur Rahman, Researcher at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan conducted the session.
The presenter focused on service science from a social engineering point of view. The session was successful in describing different issues to handle complex systems as well as directs how service systems interact and evolve to improve the circumstance compared to other systems with a specific focus on organizational restructuring, changing service management approach, integrating technologies in the service process and innovation, etc.

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Chapter of the Year 2020: South Asia Chapter of ASIS&T

Md. Anwarul Islam, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Information Science and Library Management and

Chair of the South Asia Chapter, ASIS&T (2019-2020)

Photo: The writer with the ASIS&T President, Clara M. Chu

My journey with ASIS&T started in 2015 as a PhD student. It was an eye-opening meeting for me to meet famous people under one roof. The various Chapters, SIGs, Committees, the annual meeting and webinars make the association vibrant and useful for an early career researcher like me. For me, it was a matchmaking place of finding great researchers in my research areas. Slowly but surely I got involved with the membership committee, Asia Pacific Chapter, SIG-III, SIG-KM and other volunteering activities.

Over the last five years, I have participated in every annual meeting except 2016. I had served in a variety of panels and presentations, published in ASIS&T publications as author and served as a reviewer.

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Open Access Week 2020: Awareness of Open Access in Bangladesh

The School of Business, Bangladesh Open University is hosting an event on the Open Access Week (October 19-25) on its Foundation Day (21st October 2020).  The event will be arranged in collaboration and partnership with The Librarian Times, Creative Commons Bangladesh Chapter, and Centre for Open Knowledge to deliver an informative and exciting discussion session on all things Open Access.

The panel members will discuss the current challenges of open access, benefits of open access, OER, open textbook, open license, copyrights law, open access policy in Bangladesh, Plan S and most recent activities of open access worldwide.

The panellist for the discussion session are:

Professor Mostafa Azad Kamal, Dean, The School of Business, Bangladesh Open University

Mr Munir Hasan, Head, Youth Program, Prothom Alo and General Secretary, Bangladesh Open Source Network (BdOSN)

Dr Susmita Das, Centre for Open Knowledge and Ambassador, cOAlition S & Plan S

Prodip Roy AALIA (DCP), Editor in Chief, The Librarian Times, CCGN, Australia

The event will be moderated by M. M. Shoeb (Deputy Director), North South University Central Library.

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Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University of Technology visits the library

Photo: Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University Prof. Dr Mohammad Rafiqul Islam along with the library staff

Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University of Technology Prof. Dr Mohammad Rafiqul Islam reiterated the role libraries play in facilitating higher studies, the library vision and mission should inform the users from time to time as he visited the IUT library on 09 September 2020.

On the Vice-Chancellor’s visits Mr Md. Ahasan Habib, Librarian (In-Charge) delivered a presentation on the IUT Library System and Services. In the presentation, he focused on the current institutional repository systems, integrated library management system, Turnitin similarity checking, international connectivity and the library’s future plans. Mr Ahasan also explained how the library is continuing with the special services during the COVID -19 pandemic situation. The presentation session was very much interactive and lively.

Later on, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor looked at the library physical facilities and exchanged views with the users of the library. There he also met with the library staff.

 

 

 

 

ULAB library arranges a webinar titled transformative role of libraries during the pandemic: Experience sharing from an Australian University

Kamal Hossain, Deputy Librarian
University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) library hosted a webinar titled transformative role of libraries during the pandemic: Experience sharing from an Australian University on 20 September 2020. The purpose of this session was to share the experience of how the Australian Universities have been impacted by the pandemic. The presenter discussed a brief overview of how this impact relates to the academic library services. The session highlighted on a university library service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020. The presentation focused on the library’s challenges and response during the crisis that the pandemic has posed to its new service model. In addition to this, the discussion outlined about how the library has modified some existing services including creating COVID- 19 subject guidepurchase requests, click and post model and adopted new technologies in the library.

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Free webinar on higher education, LIS research and employment opportunities in the USA

This free webinar will discuss two areas in the USA perspectives including a broad overview of higher education, and a specific look at the LIS research and employment opportunities. Two speakers, with strong relevant backgrounds, will highlight their individual and professional experiences. The first speaker is doing PhD here in the USA will discuss higher education opportunities, including preparation, admission and funding. The focus will be given on the areas of social sciences specially LIS and closely related fields. The second speaker is Assistant Professor in the USA, with a background in information science research, will emphasise various LIS research opportunities that are available for international students in the USA. It will follow a discussion on employment prospects for international LIS researchers after the successful completion of graduate education. The discussions will draw questions from the attendees. Attendees will benefit from the expertise of the two speakers and will be able to identify steps required for effective higher education and employment plans in the USA, especially, in the areas of LIS and closely related fields.

Save the date: 23rd August, Sunday, 2020 (8:00 pm, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Cost: Free 

Registration is not required 

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/thelibrariantimes/

Join the webinar via the zoom link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85985177216

 

 

Announcing Creative Commons’ New CEO, Catherine Stihler

TLT

Photo by David Iliff (CC BY-SA)

 

CC headquarter announced it’s new CEO name in the last month. Catherine Stihler has been selected the Creatives Commons next CEO officially will effect on August 17, 2020.

Catherine has been a champion for openness as both a legislator and practitioner for more than 20 years. She currently serves as CEO of the Open Knowledge Foundation, an organization whose work is fully aligned with the values and mission of Creative Commons. During her tenure, she has successfully redefined OKF’s vision and mission reengaged its global chapters and increased its international profile.

 

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TLT hosts a Live Talk Show: How Bangladeshi and overseas Bangladeshi library professionals are responding to the COVID-19 situation?

TLT, August 17, 2020

The Librarian Times hosted a live talk show titled how Bangladeshi and overseas Bangladeshi library professionals are responding to the COVID-19 situation on August 8 2020. The talk show focused on how the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has a global impact which affects libraries over the world. The guest speakers addressed about how the libraries across the globe have been facing difficulties on which programs to deliver and how ranging from limited constraints to total closure. Besides, the speakers’ talked about the libraries initiatives to overcome the challenges of managing remote working effectively. The objective of the talk show was to identify how Bangladeshi and overseas Bangladeshi LIS professionals are involved in delivering library services, especially in Australia, Singapore and India at the time of COVID-19.

The special guests who attended the live talk show were Nargis Sultana, Wyndham City Council, Australia; Razina Akhter, Bangladesh Shishu (Children) Academy, Md. Anwarul Islam, PhD, Library Association of Bangladesh; Abdullah al-Modabber, South Asian University, India and A N M Sabbir, Charles Sturt University NSW, Australia. The event was moderated by Syeda Mukta Begum, Singapore. 

Promotion news: Md. Ahasan Habib has been promoted to Library In-Charge (Head of Library) at IUT

TLT

July 25, 2020

Md Ahasan Habib

Md. Ahasan Habib has been promoted to Library In-Charge (Head of the library) of the university library for Islamic University of Technology, Gazipur (Bangladesh) effective on July 15, 2020.

The Islamic University of Technology or IUT is an educational and research institution in Bangladesh run and funded by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The university is considered as one of the leading and prestigious PhD granting engineering universities in the country.

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