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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South Asia Chapter, ASIS&T has been awarded special funding to pursue a project on ‘Dealing with COVID-19′

South Asia Chapter of ASIS&T has been awarded special funding to pursue a unique project on ‘Dealing with COVID-19 and Saving People’s Lives in South Asia (SA) Areas & Beyond – A Health Informatics Promotion Project’. This Chapter proposes to set up a YouTube channel to host multilingual videos for disseminating awareness on a variety of topics on Covid-19 in the South Asia region. This project runs in collaboration with the Asia Pacific and European Chapter to bring their experience dealing with similar viruses in the past. This Chapter expects that the content for these videos will help fight misinformation and disinformation regarding Covid-19 information by citing accurate and reliable sources of information.

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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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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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