TLT Editorial Team Attended the OCLC Industry Symposium

M J Abdin, Kuala Lumpur, 26 August 2018

Now, more than ever, libraries around the world are able to collaborate across national borders while simultaneously satisfying regional and local requirements. At the Symposium, speakers presented about original research that explores the shared challenges, opportunities, and trends in this area. Discusses how technologies and resources like WorldCat can power collaboration across regional and global ecosystems, generating greater network efficiencies and providing a more complete view of the world’s collected knowledge. The presenter of this multiple sessions also shared some case studies and examples of OCLC’s latest innovations.

A three-member delegation from TLT editorial board led by the Editor-in-Chief, Prodip Kumar Roy attended the OCLC Industry Symposium on Saturday, 25 August, 13.45 – 15.45 local time, in Conference Hall 3 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC), Malaysia. The symposium was organised as part of the OCLC’s contribution to IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018.

Speakers of the session include Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research, Chief Strategist, OCLC, Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA and APAC, Axel Kaschte, Product Strategy Director, OCLC EMEA.

At end of the symposium, TLT board met with Axel Kaschte, Product Strategy Director, OCLC EMEA and discuss the potentiality of organising international events and showcasing on different products and services of OCLC with the collaboration of TLT, LIS education institutions and Bangladeshi Library professionals’ body. He suggested preparing and submitting a proposal about potential events and possible collaboration between OCLC and TLT.

Later on, TLT editorial team visited Stand B127 during exhibit hours on opening day of the exhibitions to meet with OCLC officials and learn what’s new with OCLC services and initiatives.

Besides TLT team, a number of Bangladeshi delegates including Professor Dr Nasiruddin Mitul, Mohammad Shakaought Hossain Bhuiyan, Bepin Behary Karmakar was among others participated in the session.


Joynal, KUALA LUMPUR, 25 August 2018

Congress delegates attended the opening ceremony of the IFLA WLIC 2018 together on Saturday, 25 August 2018. The main theme of the official Opening Ceremony will reflect the main Congress theme: Transform Libraries, Transform Societies.


  • Welcome Remarks was given by Dato’ Nafisah Ahmad, Malaysia National Committee, Director General National Library of Malaysia & President Librarian Association of Malaysia

The library world global spotlight will shine on Malaysia in August this year when Kuala Lumpur hosts the 84th World Library and Information Congress. The Congress organized by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Librarians Association of Malaysia, and the National Library of Malaysia, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, and the Malaysian Convention & Exhibition Bureau, will be held from 24-30 August 2018 at the Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

This annual IFLA brand flagship professional event is the world’s most significant and identifiable gathering and the most exciting event of library and informational professionals. It is the first time in the history of IFLA that the Congress is being held in Malaysia. In 2016 it was hosted by USA, in 2017 by Poland and it will be held in Greece in 2019.

The Congress will provide an unparalleled opportunity, in a multi-racial and multi-cultural environment to the professional development of its participants. The global aspect of the Congress program also provides excellent networking opportunities for those who attend.

More than 3,000 participants from 102 countries have so far registered for the Conference. Two hundred and forty-nine sessions with over 600 paper presentations will allow participants to discuss, debate and exchange ideas on professional issues related to every aspect of the library profession. Leading edge initiatives will be presented and experts in all areas of library and information science will be present.

In line with the theme of the Congress “Transform Libraries, Transform Societies”, there will be, among other topics, presentations that address the role of libraries in delivering the UN 2030 Agenda, Designing inclusive and sustainable libraries, the use of video games to develop wining strategies for libraries, the use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality, and digital scholarship services.

There will be 121 poster presentations from all over the world on diverse topics such as The whole school reading for half an hour (China), Role of NGOs in library development (Bangladesh), and Makerspace at the library (Sweden).

A trade exhibition will be held during the Congress where more than 60 commercial and non-commercial organizations from all over the world will showcase their products and services.

Library visits to 33 Malaysian libraries will be arranged to allow participants to visit the National Library of Malaysia, academic libraries, special libraries, public and school libraries in the public, private and voluntary sector in Malaysia. These visits will allow participants to see the application and adaptation of innovative ideas to the services in these local libraries.

Registration details, the Congress program and other events is available at

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.


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