Library Automation for All: A Training on Library Automation Using SLiMS

A two days training program on “Library Automation Using SLiMS” is going to be started from 15 to 16 February 2019 at the Digital Access Centre, KUET Central Library, Khulna. SLiMS is an open source library automation software. Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB), Library Association of Khulna Division and KUET Central Library, Khulna will jointly organize the program. The purpose of the training is to enhance library automation skill of the library professionals and students of Khulna division.

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The Celebration of the National Library Day 2019: BALID initiatives

Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists(BALID) has initiated a series of programs to celebrate the National Library Day 2019.

Programmes are:

5th February

◊ To participate rally, Discussion session and cultural event etc

Date and Time: 5th February 2019 at 8:30 am (Rally)

Date and Time: 5th February 2019 at 3:00 pm (Discussion session followed by Cultural Event)

Place: Department of Public Libraries, Shahbag, Dhaka

23 February 2019

◊ BALID and CIRDAP Joint venture Seminar at CIRDAP International Conference Centre

Time: 2:30 pm

Programme details will be announced soon.

Please keep an eye at BALID Website:


All BALID members are cordially invited to attend the above mentioned programmes to make the event successful.


Canadian High Commissioner Visits the Central Library of North South University

Tanveer Ahasan, NSU, 3 January 2019

Honourable High Commissioner of Canada in Bangladesh His Excellency Benoit Prefontaine with his wife visited North South University Central Library on January 19, 2019. The purpose of the visit was to see the NSU Library entire facilities, resources, access to information, research support, library space and the effect of services.

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BANSDOC Officials’ Visit Australian Library and Information Organisations

Joynal, Dhaka 4 August 2018

A team from the Bangladesh National Scientific and Technical Documentation Centre (BANSDOC) visited ALIA House to learn about the Australian library and information sector and ALIA’s accreditation of library courses as well as the ALIA PD Scheme. (Photo ALIA Weekly Volume 6 Issue 30)

A four-member team led by Ms Jesmine Akhter, Director General (Additional Secretary) of Bangladesh National Scientific and Technical Documentation Centre (BANSDOC) is currently on an official visit to different Govt. and national level library and information institutions/organizations in Australia. The purpose of their visit is to learn about the Australian Library and Information Sector and ALIA’s Accreditation of Library Courses as well as the ALIA PD Scheme. On the occasion, they visited the Australian National Library and ALIA House. The week-long visit will end on August 6, which started on July 29, 2018. It is expected that the gathered knowledge of this visit will add extra value in practising documentation, library and information services within BANSDOC and in the profession.

Other members of the visiting team include Mrs Iti Rani Poddar (Additional Secretary (NP), Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Mohammad Aslam Ali Khandkar, Photographic Officer, BANSDOC and Mr Md. Sayem Khan, Junior Reprographic Officer, BANSDOC.

Former Dhaka University Librarian Prof. Dr Mofakhar Hussain Khan endowed

Ahasan, Dhaka, 4 August 2018

Bangla Academy Director General Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan is holding the keynote speech

Prof. Dr Mofakhar Hussain Khan, the former librarian of the University of Dhaka, has received an ‘Honorarium Crest’ from the Ahmed Smriti Patagar. An event was organized at Shamsur Rahaman hall at the premise of Bangla Academy on 28 July 2018.

Dr Khan studied different educational intuition at Bangladesh, USA and UK. He worked in different countries like Bangladesh, Iran, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is living at Kaliganj Upazila in Gazipur.

After receiving the award Prof. Khan expressed his feeling about the devotion of work and its importance. All participants in the event listened to his speech very deeply.

Expressing his feelings, the congratulatory Dr Mawfkhor Hossain Khan

Prof. Shamsuzzaman Khan, Director General of Bangla Academy was the chief guest of the event while Mr M. Shamsul Islam Khan was the special guest of the event who was the former president of Library Association of Bangladesh. Mr Fazle Rabbi, former Director of Bangla Academy, National Book Centre, and founder of Ahmed Smriti Patagar presided over the program. The welcome speech was given by Mr Kazi Abdul Majed, Director Institute of Library and Information Science, Dhaka. Mr Khandaker Fazlur Rahman, former Librarian, University of Dhaka emphasized on biography in brief on Dr Khan. In addition, former Chairman of Jessore Education Board Mr Amirul Alam Khan discussed on Library movement activities of Bangladesh and its contribution of Dr Khan. Economist and Journalist Mr Azadul Kibria conducted this segment of the event.

Professor Shamsuzzaman Khan, Director General of Bangla Academy, is giving a reception to Dr Mofakhakhar Hossain Khan.

M Shamsul Islam Khan, former president of Library Association Bangladesh (LAB), is presenting the special guest speech

Invited guests and speakers shared their opinion on the knowledge-based society and its legacy towards civilization and how the library played a pivotal role, what contributions of Dr Mofakhar had towards the society. Attended guests criticized the result oriented education system, memorizing system, misuse of technology. How the society can overcome these challenges also pointed out. Sufficient budget for library and with the modernization of it by converting the characteristics of true information, special mark for using the library at school level may be the solutions to face the prevailing problems.

University of Virginia Professor Dr Mokarram Hossain is speaking


ILIS Director, Kazi Majed is delivering the welcome speech

To know more about Prof. Dr Mofakhar, read his short biography here.