Unveiling information, Let’s read, What National University Dean says?

The High Court has cancelled the affiliation of SB Science and Technology College of Bogura with National University: EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Professor Dr Nasirduddin Mitul, Dean, National University, unveiling information, Let’s read, what Dean says?

The interview was conducted by Prodip Roy, Editor-TLT

Professor Dr Md. Nasiruddin Mitul, the Program Coordinator, On Campus Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science and Dean, Schools of Undergraduate Studios, National University of Bangladesh

The High Court has cancelled the affiliation of SB Science and Technology College of Bogura for the admission of students in the Department of Library and Information Sciences Diploma Course under the National University. The High Court has given the verdict on the settlement of the writ on Wednesday, 13 February 2019. At the same time, the students who were admitted to the institute cannot take the exam, according to the order of the High Court.

Professor Dr Md. Nasiruddin Mitul, the Program Coordinator, On Campus Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science and Dean, Schools of Undergraduate Studies, National University of Bangladesh, told The Librarian Times’s Editor in an exclusive online interview on Tuesday evening that the activities of SB Science and Technology College in Bogura were all illegal. That is why the court cancelled its affiliation with the National University. At the same time, the students of the institute will not be able to participate in the examination.

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“Internet and Library both are playing a very significant role in the developing nation”- Yeafesh Osman, the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology

Ahasan, Dhaka, 23 February 2019

A seminar on Library vs Internet was held on 23 February 2019 at CIRDAP (Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific) International Conference Centre, 17 Topkana road, Dhaka.

The Chief Guest of the ceremony Architect Yeafesh Osman, the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology mentioned through a video message that “Internet and Library both are playing a very significant role in the developing nation. The present government is very much library friendly that’s why the government has declared 5th February as the National Library Day to celebrate nationwide.” Different programs are continuing for higher education enhancement; like UDL-UGC consortium, Libraries Unlimited project etc. At present half of the total population of Bangladesh uses the Internet and the number of users is rapidly increasing. Library and Internet both are different issues and important as well” 

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The celebration of National Library Day 2019 by all District Government Public Libraries

Syeda Mukta Begum, 10 February 2019

The National Library Day 2019 was celebrated for the second time in Bangladesh on 5 February 2019 with the theme “Read books on libraries, enlighten people”. All district government public libraries in the country took part in the celebration. According to the guideline of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, individual district public library organised their own programs including arranging and participating colourful rallies with senior administrations of the district, high officials, public libraries staff and students from different schools, colleges and madrasahs. In addition, many libraries organised multiple events including Award Giving Ceremony, Best Reader Competitions, Debate Competitions and Panel Discussion to promote the library services and encourage readers to join the library. Write Syeda Mukta Begum, editorial board member, TLT

District Government Public Library Netrokona

On this occasion, district administration and district government public library, Netrokona organized a colourful rally from the office of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office at 11:30 AM. With the initiative of the district administration and government public library, the rally came out of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Joynagar and ended with the main road of Moktarapara Library. Additional district magistrate (ADM) Sabiha Sultana and Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime) Shahjahan Mia led the operation. Students and heads of government organizations, Government Women’s Colleges, Government Adarsh Higher Girl’s School, Anjuman Government Adarsha High School and many other organizations took part in the rally. In order to achieve the significance of the National Library Day, there were discussion programs and award ceremonies for the readers in the district public library.

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Certificate Presentation Ceremony of Scientific Writing Training at North South University

Tanveer Ahsan, North South University, 23 February 2019.

The North South University (NSU) Library and the North South University Global Health Institute (NSUGHI) had jointly organized a training program on ‘Scientific Writing.’ The program started on 26 January 2019, continued by four consecutive Saturdays and ended on 16 February 2019. Twenty four participants from different disciplines (inside and outside the NSU) participated in the training program. The training session came to an end by the closing session and certificate distribution ceremony on February 16, 2019, at the NSU Syndicate Hall.

Dr Md. Zahid Hossain Shoeb, University Librarian & Training-Coordinator in his welcome speech mentioned that this program was a beginning for the researchers to build self-confidence and to know how to write for journals, grant proposal, and posters and so on. He also added that the program would be more modular and enriched with expected facilities based on feedback and the experience achieved.

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Training on Trainers!

Ahasan, Dhaka, 23 February 2019.

A three-day long training session of two different batches on “Brick Play and Orientation on Kano Computer and Micro:bit“ held at Hotel Sel Nibash, Dhaka from 11 February to 13 February 2019 and 18 February to 20 February 2019 respectively. Each batch had twenty participants from different public libraries of Bangladesh took part in the training session. Libraries Unlimited project of the British Council organized the training sessions.

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Courtesy meeting between Ambassador of France in Dhaka and State Minister of Cultural Affairs

Ahasan, Dhaka, 23 February 2019.

E. Mrs Marie Annick Bourdin, Ambassador of France in Dhaka met with the H. E.  K M Khalid MP, State Minister of Cultural Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at his office, Dhaka on 3 February 2019. Secretary (in Charge) of Ministry of Cultural Affairs Dr Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, NDC was also present during the meeting.

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Workshop on Copyright Act at the Copyright Office

Syeda Mukta Begum, February 23, 2019

Photo Courtesy: Bdnews24


The Bangladesh Copyright Office organized a workshop on “Implementation of Bangladesh Copyright Act: Problems and Solutions” on Saturday. A press release said that the copyright office registrar, Jafar Raja Choudhury presided over the workshop at 11 am in the own workplace. Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Dr Md Abu Hana Mostafa Kamal was present as the chief guest in this workshop. A wide range of complications, problems and potential solutions for copyright registration were discussed in the workshop. The important amendments to the proposed copyright law in the workshop and in the current digital context of the world are advised to make the law more powerful, simultaneously and implementable. Among others, Bangladesh IP (Intellectual Property) Association, president Advocate Gazi Bariamat was also present. Apart from the 45 lawyers in the workshop, software engineers and executives of various industries were present in the workshop.

Mrs Anita Helen has been awarded MPhil Degree

Mrs Anita Helen

Joynal, Dhaka, 24 February 2019

Mrs Anita Helen has been awarded MPhil degree in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka on 29 January 2019. Her research area was ‘Measuring Information Literacy Competency of Some Selected Public University Students: A Study.’ The research study was conducted under the supervision of Professor Dr Kazi Mostak Gausul Hoq, Chairman of the Department.

Earlier, Mrs Anita obtained both her B.A (Honours) and M.A degree in Information Science and Library Management from the same University. She is involved in teaching in Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science at the National University, Gazipur as a Lecturer.

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The Joint meeting with Christine Mackenzie, President-elect IFLA, Executive Committee INELI-Oceania and ALIA Fellow on “Global collaboration” held

Joynal, Kuala Lumpur, 26 August 2018

A joint meeting on “Let’s work together and Global collaboration” with Christine Mackenzie, President-elect IFLA, Executive Committee INELI-Oceania and ALIA Fellow, Bangladesh Library Professionals and The Librarian Times (TLT) was held during 12:30-1:00 pm on August 26, 2018, at IFLA secretariat press room in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia.

The joint meeting of the IFLA, The Librarian Times and Library Professionals Bangladesh addressed a variety of issues, most of which tied back to global collaboration and professional development.

The session started with the welcome speech by Prodip Kumer Roy Editor-in-Chief of The Librarian Times.“Collaboration is fundamental to achieve any long-term professional goal” Mr Roy mentioned in his speech.

After that, each of the participants introduced themselves. Professor Dr Nasiruddin Mitul, Dean, National University, Bangladesh started his speech by providing the present scenario of Library profession of Bangladesh. In his speech, Dr Mitul highlighted the importance of Global collaboration with IFLA for the advancement of Library profession of Bangladesh. He seeks potential help to organise joint professional training, service showcasing and other professional events to foster the professional activities in Bangladesh.

Dr Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and head, Department of Information Studies and Library Management, East West University Bangladesh spoke briefly on the overall scenario and future prospect of the Library profession and professionals of Bangladesh. She mentioned about her engagement and activities with IFLA and other Global-Regional professional bodies that has given a good impression to the IFLA president about the capacity and professional competency of Library professionals of Bangladesh.

Ms Razina Akther, Head of the Library, Bangladesh Shishu Academy also delivered a short speech emphasizing the inclusion of Bengali Language as the 8th language in IFLA’s official language list since Bengali is the 8th most speaking language in the world. She urges the IFLA president’s support and initiatives regarding the issue.

Christine Mackenzie in her speech praises the presence of a good number of Bangladeshi LIS professionals in the IFLA WLIC 2018. She termed it as a remarkable participation from the Country like Bangladesh. Ms Mackenzie urges the attendees for getting membership of IFLA in individual, institutional and organizational level as it is requisite to get collaboration, training and funding support from the highest LIS professional advocating body in the world. She hailed about the communication skills of the participants and expressed her gratitude towards the future prospect of the Profession of Bangladesh. The President hoped to provide support for the betterment in advancing of LIS profession of Bangladesh from her end. Her unique message to the greater library professionals was Let’s work together”.

She wishes to visit Bangladesh in attending professional events in the near future.

INELI-Oceania and ALIA Fellow, Lyndall Ley Osborne, President, Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), was also scheduled to attend the meeting. Unfortunately, she was unable to join due to an unavoidable circumstances.

The meeting was ended by handing over a crest to Christine Mackenzie, President-Elect, IFLA from TLT editorial board along with the Library professionals of Bangladesh.

A total of 23 library professionals attended the meeting including

Dr Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Information Studies and Library Management & Librarian (In-charge), East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr Nasiruddin Mitul, Dean, National University and Professor Dept. of Library and Information Science, National University Bangladesh.

Mr A.D.M. Ali Ahammed, Component Lead-Model Libraries, Libraries Unlimited, British Council, Dhaka

Mr Ahmed Shibly, Senior Asstt. Chief, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Mr Bepin Behary Karmakar, Principal Librarian, BIRDEM Library, Dhaka

Mr Dil Ruksana Basunia, University of Chittagong.

Mr Dilip Kumar Saha, Librarian, Divisional Government Public Libraries, Sylhet, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Ms Farida Akter, Librarian, District Government Public Library, Jamalpur, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Ms Feroza Pervin, Librarian, Department of Public Libraries, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Mr Mahammad Abu Sayed, Principal Librarian- cum- Deputy Director, Divisional Government Public Library, Rajshahi, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Mr Md. Rokonuzzaman, Librarian, District Government Public Library, Bogra, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Mr Mohammad Belayet Hossain, Librarian, District Government Public Library, Madaripur, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Mr Mohammad Deluar Hossain, Librarian, District Government Public Library, Tangail, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Mr Mohammad Shakaought Hossain Bhuiyan, Deputy Librarian, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka

Mr Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, Department of Public Libraries, Dhaka, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Mr Nikhil Ranjan BairagiLibrarian, District Government Public Library, Gopalgonj, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Ms Razina Akhtar, Librarian, Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs

Mr S M Zahirul Islam, Librarian, District Government Public Library, Dhaka, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Ms Shegufta Ahmed, Admin Coordinator, Libraries Unlimited, British Council, Dhaka

Mr Sunil Moy Chakma, Librarian, District Government Public Library, Rangamati, Ministry of Cultural Affairs

Mr Md Ahasan Habib, Library Officer, Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Gazipur and Associated Editor, TLT.

Mr Mohammad Joynal Abdin, Senior Lab Instructor, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka and Member, TLT Editorial Board.

Prodip Roy AALIA (DCP) Library Officer (Digital Collections) Copyright, Digitisation and Repositories, RMIT University Library, Editor-in-Chief of The Librarian Times.


To commemorate the session, a group photo session was held at end of the programme. All participants were highly pleased to join this new milestone and historic meeting with IFLA president.

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