Invitation to attend the webinar on OER

You are invited to a Live Webinar:
Introduction to OER

DATE:  October 26, 2019
Web-link: Available on-demand after completed registration

Prodip Roy, Editor, TLT

Although the government highly subsidises the public universities, education at the tertiary level in Bangladesh is expensive in general whenever the students go for using copyrighted education resources. Since almost all the textbooks referred by the teachers are of foreign origin, the spending for the original books becomes unbearable for the students. Every year a considerable amount of public fund is spent on creating local textbooks, purchasing foreign books and journals; however, most of them are copyrighted. Spending on copyrighted study resources limits accesses to study resources and makes the use of pubic fund inefficient. Given these realities, promoting the creation and use of open resources can create a positive shift in access to educational resources. This webinar will highlight – 1. The status of open educational practices in Bangladesh, 2. The features of OER, 3. Open licenses and 4. Importance of Open Policies.

Professor Mostafa Azad Kamal
School of Business
Bangladesh Open University, Gazipur-1705.
E-mail: [email protected]

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the status of open educational practices in Bangladesh
  • Learn the features of OER
  • Understand the Open licenses and
  • Understand the importance of Open Policies

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NextGen: LIS learning innovation and exchanging knowledge


The Librarian Times is hosting a series of live webinars for Bangladeshi Library and Information professionals, academics, researchers and students.

In Join us for a one-hour webinar to learn practical lessons from library and information professionals who will share real-world examples and straightforward tips that will make sense for your professional efforts regardless of what you currently have in place.

Bibliometric Analyst as a profession for ISLM graduates:

Presenter: Dr Jakaria Rahman 

Nowadays, Universities and research organizations are using bibliometric methods in a novel way. This webinar will focus on how bibliometrics is utilized to identify quantitative indicators for academic productivity and quality.


To inform the significance of bibliometrics being incorporated as a part of librarianship tasks and required competencies.


The nature of bibliometric activities, motivations and consequences, opportunities, benefits, risks, training facilities and research activities.


This webinar will benefit the ISLM graduates to know how they can come forward as a bibliometric analyst.

The language of the webinar: Bengali

Date: Friday 28 September 2018

Time: 5:00 PM (Bangladesh Standard Time)

To Join this webinar


Meeting ID: 542 470 6366

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/btrlyhQRS

The Higher study abroad for ISLM graduates: challenges and opportunities: 

Presenter: Dr Jakaria Rahman 

Are you an ISLM graduate and want to study abroad and learn differently with greater knowledge of different cultures? If yes, then this webinar will help you to find the path that is right for you.


To inform the overall procedures to get admission abroad both at master and PhD levels.


When and how to start the preparation; Which myths are not true, where to search for opportunities, which countries to target, scholarship opportunities, how to prepare required documents, for example, motivation letter, reference letter, language skills, academic documents? How to write to a professor for PhD admission, what is hot topic, what the research proposal should contain.


This webinar will aid the ISLM graduates to take preparation for study abroad.

The language of the webinar: Bengali

Time: Friday 19 October 2018 Time: 5:00 PM (Bangladesh Standard Time)

To Join this webinar


Meeting ID: 542 470 6366

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/btrlyhQRS


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Open access, Open research data, Open citations: how library professionals contribute.

Presenter: Dr Jakaria Rahman 

Open Access plays a significant role in allowing us for the advancement of learning, knowledge and research worldwide.  This webinar will focus on two major concepts i.e. what exactly is open research data, and open citations.


To create awareness about Open research data and Open citations.


How can we arrange and use open data for our researchers: availability and access, re-use and redistribution, universal participation, interoperability? How can we bypass the commercial databases to retrieve and analyses open citation for bibliometric analysis?


This webinar will support the library professionals, researchers and students to use Open research data and Open citations for their respective perspective.

The language of the webinar: Bengali


The date will be announced later


Register to Attend


About the Presenter:

Dr Jakaria Rahman is engaged as a Bibliometric Analyst at the Department of communication and learning in science of the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.  His works consist of analyzing publications impact and research collaborations to suggest development strategies, publication strategies and policies with the university management and departments and contribute to the university ranking analytics. He is also involved in several research projects.

He obtained bachelor, master, and MPhil degree in information science and library management from the University of Dhaka. He received Dutch Bangla Bank fellowship to pursue MPhil program. He attended 3-months international training on scientific and technological information management in universities and libraries with Belgian government’s VLIR-UOS scholarship. He was granted European Unions’ Erasmus Mundus scholarship that he ended successfully after 2-years of MSc studies in Digital Library in collaboration with three universities in Norway, Estonia, and Italy. Later, he briefly worked for Opera software in Norway. Further, he worked as a researcher at the University of Antwerp and was conferred with PhD degree from there. During his MSc and PhD studies, he has collaborated extensively with colleagues throughout Europe and spent time at several European universities and presented his research findings in different international conferences. He spent his early career years at the IJSG, BANSDOC, EWU, and ICDDR, B.

He has published a good number of research articles in Web of Science and Scopus indexed journals. All his publications are open access and available through ResearchGate (see at https://tinyurl.com/yb6p673h) and E-LIS repository (see at http://eprints.rclis.org). His ORCID ID is 0000-0001-7876-4631


He is a member of ASIS&T, and a life member of BALID and LAB.


If you have any comments or questions please feel free to email to Editor of The Librarian Times to [email protected].

You are invited to our next complimentary webinar. Please stay tuned.

Past Webinars

Wikipedia Editing


As keepers and sharers of local cultural content and trusted information resources, Librarians are naturally suited to becoming Wikipedians.  If you want to know how to enable the sharing of your community’s content on the largest collaborative reference site in the world, come along to join this webinar, presented by Dr Md. Anwarul Islam, University Librarian, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka

You will learn about the philosophy behind Wikipedia and its varying projects and then get plenty of practice getting your hands dirty by adding content to Wikipedia itself.

DATES: 23 September, Sunday 11:00 am Dhaka time

COST: Free


The webinar will cover:

  • Welcome & introductions
  • Presentation: Why Wikipedia and libraries work together
  • Wikipedia navigation for editors
  • Using the visual editor toolbar to set up your user page and contribute to project page
  • Presentation: Wikipedia’s content policies
  • Evaluate content and sources in your area of expertise/interest
  • Editing exercises: citations, neutral language, notability, categories
  • Discussion and feedback: Selection of an article or category you will improve in Session  and discussion of sources
  • Add a new section and citations to an existing article or draft a new article
  • Feedback: Questions and sharing lessons learned about editing. Talk pages

About the Presenter

Dr Md. Anwarul Islam started his professional carrier as an Assistant Librarian in Primary Teachers’ Training Institute (PTI), he served there for a few months after the completion of Master Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Dhaka. Later he joined as Librarian at the Prime Minister’s Office and served there for a longer period of time. He was awarded Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Sambalpur University, Orissa, India. After his PhD, he joined as the Chief Librarian in Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). Mr Islam has shifted his job as a University Librarian in Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University. Mr Islam is an active member of library professional organizations in Bangladesh. He was elected to different executive roles several times
for BALID and LAB. Currently, he is bearing the position of Secretary-General in Library Association in Bangladesh (LAB). He is one of the remarkable ICT based Library Professional in Bangladesh. He is a Wikipedian since 2008. He achieved The Branstar of National Merit award.

Watch the recorded Webinar:

Topic: Installation of Koha 

On Debian Jessie using VirtualBox on MacBook Air / or Windows 

To join this webinar participant are required some prerequisite applications

MacBook Air / or Windows


Debian 8 64 bit image available at https://www.debian.org/CD/

Active Internet Connection

The Objective:

The objective of the presentation is to generate more experts on KOHA open source Integrated Library System (ILS) installation, customising and configurations.

Learning Outcome:

This webinar will introduce how to install and run a new operating system in VirtualBox to the participants to acquaint the participants with the installation of Koha on server class machines and provide extensive hands-on-training for the librarians and the students.

At the end of this workshop, participants will also be able to understand the followings:

  • Installation of Virtualbox
  • Installation of OS (Debian Jessie ) on VM
  • Install sudo in Debian
  • Install Leafpad text editor
  • Adding Koha software source into Debian will install the latest version of Koha
  • Install MariaDB server
  • Create a Koha instance with the name library
  • How to Run the Web Installer

Venue: Webinar

Time: Saturday, 1 September 2018 (GMT+5:30) 10:30 am, Time Dhaka, Bangladesh and Time in New Delhi, Delhi, India and  Saturday, 1 September 2018 (AEST) 14:30 pm Time in Melbourne VIC

Session link and details:

  1. Session link: https://zoom.us/j/5424706366
  2. A code will be provided before the session
  3. Be at a computer with a headset plugged in (system requirements –
  4. Click the link 10 minutes before the session starts (if possible), follow the prompts to get into the webinar (check and re-check your headphone settings).

About the presenter


Abdullah al-Modabber, a Professional Librarian has been working in the library sector since late 1998. He is currently working as Assistant Librarian at South Asian University established by the SAARC nations in New Delhi India. He completed Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the Dhaka University. He started a computer service and cyber centre along with his two friends at the Bakushah Hawkers market, Nilkhet, Dhaka and opened one of the first Cyber Centres in Bangladesh in 1996. He worked at the Gonoshahajjo Sangstha (GSS), North South University (NSU) and Southeast University (SEU) for more than 13 years. He is a life member of the BALID and LAB.

Watch the recorded Webinar:

Topic: How to conduct a reference interview? 


Learning Outcome: This webinar ‘How to conduct a reference interview? The role of the reference librarian in higher education’ will give you a better understanding of the importance of a reference interview and its effectiveness to satisfy information seekers with their information needs.
Moreover, the participants will have the opportunity to be familiar with the recent development in online reference services and the role of the reference librarian in the field of higher education.

About the presenter: 

Mahtab Uddin Ahmad started his professional career in Dhaka University at History Department’s seminar library and participated in Library Certificate Course from Bangladesh Library Association.  He earned his Diploma a master’s in library science from Dhaka University.  He worked in several other libraries, including – (1) International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B) as documentation assistant, (2) Library of Congress Dhaka Office as representative, (3) The Archer K. Blood American Center Library, Dhaka (4) Chantilly Regional Library , Virginia, USA and (5) currently working at Strayer University Library, USA.

He is an active member of Bangladesh Library Association (LAB), Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists (BALID), and American Library Associations (ALA).

Topic: How to conduct a reference interview?
Time: Sep 9, 2018 10:00 AM Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Meeting ID: 542 470 6366
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