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.