TLT Excellence Library Professional Award 2019 (Librarian of the year) Md. Abdul Hayee Sameni, SUST

Md. Abdul Hayee Sameni has been nominated for TLT Excellence Library Professional Award 2019. He has been serving the profession for more than 35 years. He obtained his master’s in library science from the University of Dhaka.

He has a legendary contribution to the library and information sector by an individual. He is currently the University Librarian at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet. He has initiated to develop an Integrated library management software for the SUST central library that launched in 2002. With his initiative, a Muktijuddho corner in the SUST central library has been opened on 26 March 2009 that is one of the pioneer initiatives of such kind. Later in 2013, he introduced Koha software with MARC 21 format for cataloguing and install Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. He also introduced a central database of all books of the SUST central library as well as all departmental libraries. He briefly worked as a Librarian of the BRAC University and acquired a donation of ten thousand US dollars from International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to establish an institutional repository during the 2006-07 session.

He has been working for BALID since 1986 in various capacities such as executive council member, Asst Secretary general, Secretary general, Vice Chairman and Convener or member of various Committees. He is a member of SUST BARTA (Quarterly Newsletter of SUST) since 2015 and member of SUST annual report editorial committee since 2011. He has visited a good number of countries for professional learning and to attend and present conference papers.