The Department of Public Libraries tributes to Kazi Nazrul Islam

Mahabuba Akter,

The Department of Public Libraries, May 28 2021

On the occasion of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s 122nd birth anniversary, the Department of Public Libraries hosted a virtual discussion and cultural program on 25 May 2021.

The program was divided into two parts. The first part was a discussion session on the national poet and the second part was a cultural program.

Md. Badrul Arefin, honourable Secretary of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs inaugurated the discussion session and cultural program as the chief guest while Asim Kumar Dey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, was a present as the special guest.

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Professor Dr. Md. Shiful Islam appointed as chairman of the Department of Information Science and Library Management (ISLM), DU

Nawshaba Bulia,

May 11, 2021, Dhaka

Professor Dr. Md. Shiful Islam

Professor Dr Md. Shiful Islam has been named as the chairman (dept. head) of the Information Science and Library Management (ISLM) effective May 8, 2021.

Dr Shiful is an academic and researcher on several LIS-related topics, including, Information for Social Innovation, the role of special libraries for building a knowledge-based economy in Bangladesh, and Knowledge Management Practices. His present research focuses on emerging tools and techniques for Library and Information Service Innovation, Skill Science, Service Science and knowledge Science.

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IFLA Election 2021: Voting closes on 24 May 2021, at 12pm CEST

Voting in the IFLA Elections is still open. If you are an IFLA member and haven’t voted yet, IFLA urges you to spend a few minutes and contribute your vote. It is an important member benefit which you can utilise to have a say in our Federation.

There is a strong and diverse set of candidates ready to take IFLA’s work forwards and it’s now up to you to shape the future of our organisation.

IFLA has engaged an independent, external company, UK Engage, to assist with this election. They have prepared the ballots and the website on which you can view the candidate statements. Moving to an electronic ballot makes it easier for you to participate in the elections. » Read more

IFLA Election 2021: Dil Ruksana Basunia is a candidate for standing committee member of the Academic and Research Libraries Section

Prodip Roy

May 4, 2021

Photo: Dil Ruksana Basunia in IFLA conference 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dil Ruksana Basunia, Deputy Librarian, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, and an Adjunct Faculty in a private university in Chittagong, is a candidate for standing committee member of the Academic Research Libraries Section of IFLA election 2021.

Before her current position, she worked as Librarian at Asian University for Women (AUW) Bangladesh. She completed her B.A, Masters and MPhil (continuing) in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka. 

She was awarded a Gold Medal from Maitree Foundation, the University of Dhaka, for her academic excellence. Mrs Basunia was also awarded the “TLT Excellence Academic Librarian Award 2019 (Academic Librarian of the Year) for outstanding contribution to the academic libraries in Bangladesh. She has over 12 years of professional experience part-time and full time in diversified institutions, both government and private. 


Dil Ruksana Basunia’s candidacy profile can be found here. 

What She’d like to accomplish?

Since most Bangladeshi library professionals are unfamiliar with ARL, IFLA, and various activities, I believe I will be able to create a bridge between Bangladeshi library professionals and IFLA, allowing Bangladeshi library professionals to participate in ARL and IFLA in a variety of ways in the future-says Dil Ruksana Basunia.

“I also want to assist the board in fostering and diverse collaborating to ensure continued representation and relevance for our respective organizations and societies and lead the sector in raising the sector profile.”

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World Book and Copyright Day 2021: Books our best friend during pandemic!

Jafrin Khandker

April 28, 2021

Photo: World’s Direction under Public domain

Books are our best friend that never leaves us alone. World Book Day is celebrated every year on April 23. The day is also known as the World Book and Copyright Day or International Day of the Book. To promote the importance of reading, lifelong affection for literature, and inculcate joy and faster the growth of readers and emphasize the pleasure of reading, UNESCO introduced the event that is now celebrated in more than 100 countries.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, when the world has seen periods of confinement, and people have had to stay at their home, books have proved to be the best companion, powerful tools to combat isolation, reinforce ties between people, expand horizons, and precisely stimulating minds and creativity. 

In some countries, the number of books reading has been doubled.  

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ASIS&T South Asia Chapter Best Practices Sharing: An insight

Amrita Dash

April 23, 2021

Behind the scenes:
In 2017 at Washington D.C., Md. Anwarul Islam and Naresh (President-Elect, ASIS&T) talked to each other for the first time to frame the South Asia Chapter. As a New Leader Awardee of ASIS&T, Dr Anwar started working with Naresh Agarwal to establish the chapter. Based on the proposal the ASIS&T board approved the chapter in September 2018. At that time, ASIS&T had 14 regional chapters and 39 student chapters in different universities.

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TLT awards celebration 2021! Welcome Address

Prodip Roy AALIA (DCP)

Prodip Roy AALIA (DCP)

Editor, The Librarian Times

Good afternoon, good evening good morning!  

On behalf of the Librarian Times, I am honoured to welcome the program chair, Professor S M Mannan, Department and information science and Library Management, Dhaka University; respected Christine Mackenzie, the President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, our special guests, honourable Md. Abubakar Siddique, Director-General and Additional Secretary, Department of Public Libraries, Bangladesh; Professor Dr Nasiruddin Mitul, Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies, National University, Bangladesh; Dr Naresh Agarwal, Associate Professor and Director, Information Science & Technology Concentration School of Library & Information Science, Simmons University, Boston, USA; respected Bijoy Basak, honourable Deputy Police Commissioner Chittagong South Metropolitan Police; and respected faculty members, professionals, colleagues, the students and who are, of course, our reason for being here, TLT award winners for 2021.

On behalf of The Librarian Times editorial committee, I warmly welcome all of you again to TLT’s fourth anniversary and award celebration of 2021. We are honoured and humbled by your attendance. 

We want a special welcome and thank Christine Mackenzie for joining the event as the chief guest. The LIS community is grateful for your attendance at the event. I want to mention your slogan here, Let’s work together.” 

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TLT 4th Anniversary and awards celebration 2021: TLT publishes its digital souvenir

TLT has published its digital souvenir on the occasion of TLTs 4th Anniversary and awards celebration 2021. TLT celebrated this event in the 50th year of independence of Bangladesh, so the celebration was especially memorable for the LIS community of Bangladesh. Global leaders working in the library and information sector have sent their congratulatory speeches and wishing messages for the digital souvenir. 

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Professor Dr. S M Mannan wins Dr Md. Nazim Uddin Memorial Academic of the year award 2021

Professor S M Mannan has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Dr Md. Nazim Uddin Memorial Academic of the year award. He has been recognised as one of the most influential LIS academics in Bangladesh of all time. Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists (BALID) has nominated him for this award for his outstanding teaching and learning contribution and dedication to the country’s LIS community.

Muhammad Hossam Haider Chowdhury, who was one of the selection committee members, said, Professor S M Mannan has a strong influence on Bangladesh’s library profession. He maintains relations with the people from the library professionals, somewhat out of the library profession. His networking capacity is highly appreciable of all time. His leadership in the library profession of Bangladesh is unquestionable.”

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