Anisul Hoque wins ‘Professor Nurul Hoque Literary Award’ 2019

Syeda Mukta Begum

January 19, 2019

Photo Courtesy: Prothom Alo

Anisul Hoque, who is an author, screenwriter, novelist, dramatist and journalist, received ‘Professor Nurul Hoque Literary Award’ 2019 on last Friday. He also an associate editor of the first light and co-editor of Prothom Alo, the leading newspaper in Bangladesh. The program was held at Sudhijon Pathagar Bhaban, Chashara in Narayanganj city on January 18, 2019.

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Library Makerspace: New Experience as a LIS Professional of Bangladesh

Syeda Mukta Begum, 9 January 2019

What is makerspace?

Why should we know about makerspace?

What is going to happen to us if we know about makerspace?

Does makerspace connect to the libraries?

My first experience with makey makey!

Makerspace is the common name in developing countries nowadays. A makerspace is the place where people can get together to show their creativity. A library should be the centre of modern innovation. Therefore, a library should have makerspace for creativity and innovation in Bangladesh. Makerspace is the modern library service for the users in the organization. The Librarians could use modern tools and digital technologies to encourage more creativity and innovation in the library.  They could use modern tools like 3D and 4D printers, more audio and visual kit, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras, Lego, makey makey, coding, robotics, paper craft, origami and other hardware and software tools for running different projects for the users to encourage innovation.

One of my colleagues from International School Dhaka (ISD) Mr Troy Harkin who is running makerspace at ISD shared his personal opinions regarding maker space in the libraries.

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Asif Iqbal, a System Analyst in the E-Library, Faculty of Business Studies wants to build a career on Digital Library Management System

“Now I am concentrating my career on Digital Library Management System and Information Science. I am requesting you to pray for my newly started career.”- Asif Iqbal

Mukta, Melbourne 

Mr Asif Iqbal has joined as a System Analyst in the E-Library, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka.  Prior to joining at the E-Library, he worked as a Deputy Manager in the ICT Division at BASIC Bank Ltd. from 2010 to 2018. Earlier he worked at BRAC Bank Ltd.

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A seminar on Role of Librarian in Ensuring Quality Higher Education held at the Asian University, Dhaka

A seminar on “Role of Librarian in Ensuring Quality Higher Education” was held at the Asian University, Dhaka on January 18, 2019. The Department of Information Science and Library Management organised this event. Mr Mahtab U Ahmed, learning resources centre manager, Strayer University Library, USA. was present in the seminar as the keynote speaker.

Mr Mahtab U Ahmed focussed on the latest technological tools for the library professionals and how these are supporting and ensuring fulfilment of higher education’s mission in today’s information-intensive world.

The World Bank e-resources project for UDL is closing soon: What is next?

Ahasan, Dhaka, 21 July 2018

The World Bank team on the 4th day of 17th Implementation Support Mission held a meeting with the officials and representatives of the beneficiary institutes of the UGC Digital Library (UDL) at UGC auditorium on Sunday 15 July 2018.

The library professionals from public and private universities, International and Research organisations attended the meeting and opined their views. Since the World Bank project is going to be ended soon, the subscribers have to pay the full amount for the membership instead of twenty percent payment. How the professionals will approach this fact with the respective authority, implementation effect, trail resources subscriptions and statistical facts and figures were discussed.

Up to June 2018 University Digital Library (UDL) provides 31000 e-books, 3100 e-journals, 10000 conference proceedings by 13 different publishers. At present there are ninety Bangladeshi organisations are subscribing to the UDL resources including 34 Public Universities, 51 Private Universities, 01 International University, 02 Research organisations and 02 training institutes.

Professor Dr Mohammad Yousuf Ali Mollah, Member, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC), delivered an introductory speech at the meeting with Professor Dr Md. Akhtar Hossain, Member of UGC, in the chair. Jaminur Rahman, Senior Program Officer of UDL, presented the progress report of UDL at the meeting. Dr Gauranga Chandra Mohanta ndc, the Project Director of HEQEP and other officials and consultants of HEQEP were also present at the meeting.

As the World Bank e-resources project for UDL is closing soon: What is next?


Ms Shaharima Parvin attended the International Conference on Social Media & Society in Copenhagen, Denmark

Syeda Mukta Begum, Dhaka, 22 July 2018

Ms Shaharima Parvin, Assistant Librarian, East-West University attended the 9th International Conference on Social Media & Society. This conference is an annual gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. The conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from July 18 to 20, 2018.

The said conference was organised by the Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University and hosted by the Centre for Business Data Analytics at the Copenhagen Business School. The conference provides participants with opportunities to exchange ideas, present original research, learn about recent and ongoing studies, and network with peers.

Ms Shahrima presented a poster entitled “Government activities on Facebook: A Content Analysis of Selected Government Ministries’ Facebook Pages in Bangladesh”. The conference was focused on the best practices for studying the impact and implications of social media on society.

Here it is mentioned that earlier Ms Shaharima Parvin was selected as a fellow of the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2016.

Congratulations to Ms Shahrima Parvin on her continuous achievement and successes.

Prize and Certificate Award Session Held at Cox’s Bazar District Government Public Library

Ahasan, Dhaka, 21 July 2018

Cox’s Bazar District Government Public Library organised several competitions including book reading, easy writing, recitation, and drawing on the occasion of the Independence Day and National Day of Bangladesh, Bangla New Year, and the 119th birth anniversary of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. To give awards and certificates, the library organised a prize and certificate award session on Sunday 15 July 2018 at District Government Public Library, New Circuit House Road, Cox’s Bazar.

Mr Md. Kamal Hossain, District Commissioner Cox’s Bazar was present in the event as the chief guest while Muhammad Ashraf Hussain, Additional District Commissioner (Education and ICT) Cox’s Bazar presided over the event.

Mr Md. Kamal Hossain, District Commissioner Cox’s Bazar, emphasised on book reading, cultural activities and its importance in his speech.

Mr Rishikesh Paul, Librarian, Cox’s Bazar, District Government Public Library initiated to organise the event. He delivered a welcome speech on the occasion. The continuing students from different age groups of several educational institutions took part in the mentioned program.


Orientation Program held at Institute of Library and Information Science (ILIS)

Ahasan, Dhaka, 21 July 2018

The Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science orientation program was held on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 at Institute of Library and Information Science, Nilkhet High School, Nilkhet, Dhaka. Dr Jalal Ahmed, Director (In Charge), Division of Sale, Marketing and Reprinting, Bangla Academy and Member Adhoc Committee, ILIS, Dhaka, was present in the event as the Chief Guest while Mr Kazi Abdul Majed, Principal, ILIS chaired the session.

Three hundred and fifty-Seven students have enrolled for the session 2018-2019. This institute is being affiliated by the National University, Bangladesh. At present there are 26 Institutions are conducting this course under the National University, Bangladesh.

In the said event, Professor Dr Nasiruddin Munshi, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka; Mr Shakawat Hussain Bhuiyan, Deputy Librarian, University of Dhaka; Mr Bepin Behary Karmaker, Principal Librarian, BIRDEM; Mr Hamidur Rahaman Tushar, Assistant Director, Department of Public Library; Ms Anita Helen, Lecturer, National University were present among others. The Diploma Program is twice semester system in a year. The faculty and staff members of the Institute and other invited guests were present to make the event successful.

Congratulations Mr Alamgir, you’ve just been promoted!

19 July 2018, Nonigopal Roy, RU
Md. Alamgir Hossen has been promoted to the position of Documentation Officer (G-9) at Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali. Mr Hossen joined at PSTU as a Cataloguer. Prior to joining this University, he worked as an Assistant Library Officer at Southeast University.

Mr Hossen graduated with B.S.S (Hons.) and M.S.S degree in Information Science & Library Management from University of Rajshahi.

He is a life member of the Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB).

Congratulations Mr Alamgir, you’ve just been promoted!

Workshop on “Information searching for knowledge discovery: strategies and techniques” Held at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU)

Md. Habibur Rahman

University Librarian, CVASU

Chattagram, 21 July 2018

A daylong Workshop on “Information searching for knowledge discovery: strategies and techniques” was held at the Administrative Building conference room of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) on 17 July 2018.

Professor Dr Goutam Buddha Das, Vice-Chancellor, CVASU was present as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of the workshop.

Md Habibur Rahman, University Librarian, CVASU presided over the ceremony while Professor Dr Md Rayhan Faruque, Dean, Faculty of Food Science and Technology; Professor MA Halim, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine were present as the special guests.

Professor Dr S. M. Zabed Ahmed, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka was the key resource person at the workshop. The workshop was focused on how to search scholarly articles using different search engines within the quickest possible time. Dr Zabed discussed on types of searching, formulation of search strategy, search techniques, Boolean logic, parenthesis, use of truncation and wildcards with practical examples. He also discussed the importance of Open Access publishing, publishing process of Open Access journals. He shared the idea of predatory journals, its characteristics, and demerits of publishing articles into predatory journals and how to avoid predatory journals.

The faculty members of CVASU, who participated in the workshop enthusiastically enjoyed the session on the topics and appreciated. The participants expressed that such type of workshops should be arranged frequently by the central library.

The Sub-Project Manager (SPM) & University Librarian Mr Md. Habibur Rahman assured that CVASU central library will keep continuing its activities including arranging the similar workshop in the near future.

The workshop was organised by HEQEP sub-project CP 2184: Modernization of central library and Establishment of an E-resource Centre of CVASU and financed by the World Bank.

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