The National Seminar On “Library in the age of Internet”

::Md. Rezwanul Haque (Himel)::

CIRDAP (The Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific) organized a National Seminar highlighting the importance of library in the age of internet in collaboration with the BALID on Saturday, 23 February 2019 at 2:30 pm at the CIRDAP International Conference Centre (CICC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At the beginning, Dr. Mirza Mohd Rezaul Islam, Chairman, BALID welcomed the participants and introduced the programme to all. The seminar was chaired by the Mr. Tevita G. Boseiwaqa Taginavulau, DG, CIRDAP. Dr. Usharani Boruah (Librarian, CIRDAP) has given a speech with a good presentation on CIRDAP Highlights & the importance of E-library.   Dr. Md. Nazim Uddin (Senior Manager and Head, icddr,b Library) has presented a keynote presentation on History and chronological development of library from manual  to Digital/e-library format. Mr. M. Monirul Islam Kanok (Librarian, PM Office) has given an excellent presentation on “why library is important though we have internet” with some real examples which gave joy to the audience.

After keynote presentation, there was an asking question & giving answer session. In this session, participants asked and got there expected answers from keynote the speakers.  Afterword as discussants Prof. Dr. Kazi Mostak Gausul Hoq (Chairman, Dept. of ISLM, DU) has given a speech on the importance of E-library and spreading out the E-library system everywhere.

There also Mr. Abdullah Al Hasan Chowdhury (Add. Secretary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Division, Ministry of Educaiton, Bangladesh) spoke about the importance of the library & Mr. Muhammad Hossam Haider Chowdhury (Librarian, Independent University Library, Bangladesh) expressed short comments.  Then, as Chief guests Dr. Omar Jah (Vice-Chancellor, IUT) has addressed.

He said about authenticity of information and danger of corrupted knowledge with some examples. Finally, the chair of the meeting Mr. Tevita G. Boseiwaqa Taginavulau, DG, CIRDAP delivered his speech. In his speech, he said “……..Library and Internet, they have different purposes, you have the purpose behind the library then you have the purpose behind the internet.

What I have heard, Library is the organization & dissemination of knowledge in a particular place or digitally. Internet what I have heard is networking. So, they have their own branch but not they complement each other not the replace of each…….” And he mentioned some key indicators which will help to understand the importance of library in the age of internet & again he said that “internet cannot be the replace of library.”

He ended his speech with thinks.  At the end, Mr. Md. Humayun Kabir (Deputy Librarian, Independent University Library) has given vote of thanks and all guests, participants are captured in a group photograph.

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