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BIIM Trainings

In order to enhance the skill of library professionals about the recent development including ICT, BALID Institute of Information Management (BIIM) has been conducting various training programmes in different parts of the country. This is an ongoing process of BALID activities. 
E.g., 15 Dec 2019

Use of RFID in Library: a practical experience

Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 10:00am
Lecture Series
Lecture on "Use of RFID Technology in Integrated Library Management System in Bangladesh: a practical experience" will be jointly organized by BALID Institute of Information Management (BIIM) and Southeast University.

Venue: Southeast University, House# 64, Road# 18, Block# B, Banani, Dhaka. 
Resource Persons:
Dr. Md. Mostafizur Rahman
University Librarian
North South University

On the event, another session on "Automation of Libraries using Senayan Library Management System - SLiMS" will also be held. Mr. AKM Nurul Alam Apu, Assistant Director, Bangladesh Bank Library will speak on the session.
Entry fee: at free of cost but registration must be done with BALID Website. Seats are limited, first come, first serve.
Deadline: 09 April 2014
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Two Days Long Training on "DSpace" Institutional Repository

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 6:00pm to Thursday, 1 May 2014 - 6:00pm
Training or Workshop


DSpace is the software of choice for academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations building open digital repositories.  It is free and easy to install "out of the box" and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization. DSpace preserves and enables easy and open access to all types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets.  And with an ever-growing community of developers, committed  to continuously expanding and improving the software, each DSpace installation benefits from the next.


  • What is Institutional Repository/DSpace?
  • Features of DSpace
  • DSpace installation, configuration and customization
  • Creation of metadata (Dublin Core) and item submission
  • Administration of DSpace
  • Metadata (Dublin Core) edit in DSpace
  • Item visibility authorization in DSpace
  • E-people and E-person Management

Resource Persons

  1. Mr. Zahid Hossain Shoeb, Deputy Librarian, Independent University Bangladesh
  2. Mr. Nur Ahammad, Assistant Librarian, Independent University Bangladesh

Programme Schedule:

Day 1 (1 May 2014):

  • Prepare a Machine for Installing DSpace
  • DSpace Installation
  • DSpace Configuration 
  • DSpace Customization

Day 2 (2 May 2014):

  • Creating Community and Collection in DSpace
  • Creation of metadata and submission of Items in DSpace
  • Editing Items after uploading
  • Item Visibility authorization
  • E-people and E-person management

Course fee (Revised):

Tk. 6,000.00 – for BALID member
Tk. 8,000.00 – for Non-member (Individual/Personal Capacity)
Tk. 10,000.00 – for Institutional Participation

Deadline of Registration: 28 April 2014

Seats are limited and will be allocated on the basis of first come first serve.

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Refresher course on "DSpace"

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 4:00pm
Training or Workshop
A Refresher Course of the recently performed training on ‘Digital Repository Software D-Space’ will be held at CIRDAP Computer lab on 22 August 2014, Friday in the evening at 4-00 pm to 7 pm. Only those participants who took part in the training on D Space held on 01-0 2 May 2014 at CIRDAP are eligible to take part in this refreshers’ course. No fee is required to attend the course but the candidates must register their names on or before 15 August 2014.

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Training on MARC21

Saturday, 23 August 2014 (All day)
Training or Workshop
MARC21 is a mature, long established and widely accepted standard used for the exchange of bibliographic information among computerized library systems. MARC21 was derived from the original MARC record format as redesigned and redefined for the 21st century to make it more accessible to the international community. The probable outcome of the training/workshop may be the basic efficiency of understanding and working knowledge of MARC21 with create/import/migrate, compile, and upload data in an effective way.
Course Outline:
Theoretical Session: Introduction to MARC21, MARC21 format details, Basic fields for book cataloguing, Cataloguing e-resources (CD/DVD, e-journal).
Practical session: MarcEdit Software, Preparing record (cataloguing) of a book, compiling record, importing/uploading record. Bangla book cataloguing will also be discussed / demonstrated.

Venue: CIRDAP ICT Centre

Course fee:
      Tk. 2000/- for BALID Member
      Tk. 3000/- for Non-member (Individual/Personal)
      Tk. 4000/- for Institutional Participants

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Workshop on Thesaurus

Saturday, 29 November 2014 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Training or Workshop
A thesaurus is a lexicon of vocabularies in which words are arranged in groups that have the same, similar, or related meanings. It helps to understand the structure of the controlled vocabulary that is vital for the information processing. Attending the workshop, the participants will be able to get instant methodological advice in function of the future need. The Trainees will be able to draw a given field of knowledge, ascertain a vocabulary for own library, index documents properly, retrieve information manually and electronically, and help in exhaustion search etc. 

The benefits of the Workshop:
a) The trainees will be able to draw a map of a given field of knowledge,
b) They will be able to ascertain a standard vocabulary for their own libraries,
c) They will develop the capacity to choose the correct term for a subject, can locate new concepts. For Information processing thesaurus is an important tool.
d) They will be able to index a document properly and permit them in easy searching,  
e) It will help information users and workers to retrieve  relevant information both manually and electronically
f) Thesaurus held in machine readable form may be consulted through on-line information service, thus ensuring exhaustive search and minimizing time 
g) Last but not the least participants will be able to identify main sources for term collection and develop his/her own thesaurus   

Theoretical session:
Introduction to thesaurus, functions of thesaurus, construction of   thesaurus, familiar with different thesauri like AGROVOC, Me-SH, Macro-thesaurus, TEST etc   Practical session: A hands-on approach including exercises on indexing using thesauruswill enable participants to have the opportunity to work with their own library view.

Registration Deadline : On or before Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Facilities : Refreshment, Lunch and Certificate will be awarded 
Seats : 25 seats (first come, first serve)
Resource Persons:
Minhaj Uddin Ahmed
Adjunct Faculty
ILIS, National Univerity

Dr. Md. Nazim Uddin
Senior Manager
Library and Information Services

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)
Campus B
Seminar Room (6th floor)
House 719/A (Satmasjid Road)
Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209, Bangladesh.

Course Fee: Taka 500 (Five hundred) for all.

Mode of Payment
  1. Cheque/Pay order in favour of Bangladesh Gronthagarik o Tothayonbid Somity (BALID)
  2. Bkash to mobile no: 01732966482 (Bkash charge taka ten is applicable)
  3. Pay in Cash at CDL or Director, BIIM
  4. Deposit at Account name: BALID, Current A/C no. 02333001221 of Bank Asia Ltd.

Contact person:
Mr. Shamsuddin Ahmed, Director, BIIM, Cell/Phone 01732966482; 02-7121773

Enroll your name

Workshop on ‘eXe learning’ software - 24 January 2015

Saturday, 24 January 2015 (All day)
Training or Workshop
BALID Institute of Information Management (BIIM) is going to organize a daylong workshop on ‘eXe learning’ software on Saturday 24 January 2015 at CIRDAP Computer Lab, Chameli House, 17 Topkhana Road, Dhaka. This is the first time in Bangladesh, a good number of the library professionals are going to experience with e-learning software.
Libraries used to arrange training program for library instructions, information literacy, e-resource management, reference management, avoiding plagiarism, and many more. In addition to trainings, the users need to practice their learning in a self-learning mode. Furthermore, the users who do not have the chance to attend or the personnel who are very shy or cannot manage time to attend library-arranged program, can practice the same materials through self-learning, and update their knowledge by taking exercise and quiz and monitor their own progress.
The library professionals are accountable to create and maintain the e-learning materials for their users. Generally, to create online content there is a need for IT professionals but the majority of the libraries have scarcity of dedicated IT professional. This is the visible gap and ‘eXe learning’ software is there to reduce the gap. 
eXe learning is an open source application, and allows library professional to create online learning materials by themselves without the need to become proficient in HTML/XML or complicated web-publishing applications. Experts say, knowing Microsoft Word and internet browsing are enough to operate this software and create attractive and functional online learning materials. 
i) To strengthen e-learning expertise among the library professionals.
ii) To create awareness about e-learning management by the libraries.
iii) To train trainers for respective organizations.
Workshop Outline:
The first session will introduce the software and its applications followed by hands on training in the second session. Practical exercises will be on the third session and fourth session; and in the last session, the participants will personalize the entire learning according to their organizational need, and present their learning outcomes.
Anticipated outcomes
Participates should able to 
a) develop an e- learning structure that suits their organizational needs,
b) build online resources that is flexible and easy to updated,
c) work as a trainer to develop e-learning resources in the respective organization
Target Participant: Library professionals, Master’s students of Information Science and Library management
Time and Date: 08:30am to 5:00 pm on Saturday 24 January 2015
Venue: CIRDAP Computer Lab, Chameli House, 17 Topkhana Road, Dhaka-1000.
Facilities: Training Kits & Computer Lab (The participant either can work on their laptop or provided desktop), Refreshment, Lunch and Participation certificate will be provided.
Participants: The number of participants is limited to 20 (first come, first served!)
Resource Persons
Momena Khatun
FelixArchief Antwerp, Belgium
A I M Jakaria Rahman
Center for Research and Development Monitoring
University of Antwerp, Belgium 
Participation fee:
Taka 1500/- (one thousand and five hundred) - BALID members.
Taka 2000/- (two-thousand) - for Non-BALID members.
Taka 2500/- (two thousand five hundred) - for Official participants.
Last Date of Registration: Thursday, 15 January 2015
Mode of payment:
1) A/C Payee Cheque/Pay-order in favor of "Bangladesh Gronthagarik o Totthaonbid Shamity".
2) Pay in Cash at Community Development Library or Director, BIIM.
3) bKash Payment to 01732 966 482, and mention the sender mobile number & Transaction ID in the registration form. 
4) Deposit in favor of BALID, Account number 02333001221 of Bank Asia Ltd, and enclose the deposit slip with the registration form.
Contact Person:
Mr. Md. Shamsuddin Ahmed, Director, BIIM
Phone 01732966482, and 02-7121773

Online Registration (Registration is closed! Seats are full!)

Training on Library Automation and Digitization Software 'SLiMS' and 'RFID'

Friday, 24 April 2015 (All day) to Sunday, 26 April 2015 (All day)
Training or Workshop
SLiMS Logo

Resource Persons:
University Librarian and
Head, AIF Management Unit, NSU

A.K.M. Nurul Alam (Apu)
Assistant Director, Bangladesh Bank Library, Dhaka
Country Coordinator (Bangladesh) &
Localization Contributor (Bangla) of SLiMS

Kazi Farhad Noman
Assistant Librarian
Southeast University
B.A (Hons) & M.A in Information Science and Library Management (DU)
PGDip in Computer Science (BIM), Master in Information Technology (MIT), (JU)

Short Introduction to 'SLiMS' and 'RFID':
Senayan Library Management System (SLiMS) is open source integrated library management software originally developed in Indonesia with a variety of developers from the different parts of the world including Bangladesh. The software was awarded in the category of Open Source by Indonesian ICT Award - 2009. Since, SLiMS-BD Country Coordinator works with the SLiMS Developers Community (SDC), importance on Bangla language is applied on the system. Since SLiMS is developed based on Unicode, it completely supports Bangla input and searching. On the other hand, it has built-in feature of Digital Library and Institutional Repository feature as well as audio-video streaming. As a result, no other software is required in the library.
On the other hand, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology have dynamic role in the libraries for tracking resources and provide unique identification. This technology is used to automate library operation and services, namely, check-in, check-out, sorting (shelf management), stock management and inventory control. It also use to modernize the library management system and facilitate use of and access to library resources which significantly improve the quality of library services and enhance the quantity of using library resources for supporting higher study and research. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology will allow auto identification of large numbers of tagged objects like books, reports, journals, magazines, CDs, DVDs etc. using radio waves that will enable faster traceability of library resources, increase its security and allow fast transactions of resources among the users.

Expected Outcome:
Participants will be able to install SLiMS and use it by themselves. They will also be able to implement SLiMS at their institutions. Practical demonstration on RFID will aslo be experienced by the participants.
Course Fee:
Tk. 4,000.00 – for BALID member
Tk. 6,000.00 – for Non-member (Individual/Personal Capacity)
Tk. 8,000.00 – for Institutional Participation

Deadline: 20 April 2015

E-resource Access Centre
North South University
Bashundhara, Baridhara, Dhaka

Online Registration

'SLiMS' and 'RFID' Training Courses

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Training on 'Plagiarism' and 'Reference Management Software Zotero'

Saturday, 19 December 2015 (All day)
Training or Workshop

Plagiarism means taking the words and thoughts of others (their ideas, concepts, images, sentences, and so forth) and using them as if they were your own, without crediting the author or citing the source. Most plagiarism is willful, a sort of theft. It is possible to plagiarize unintentionally, though, by being careless or hurried, omitting quotation marks or slipping into the words or ideas of others through inattention or simply for convenience. Whether you meant it or not, you can be found guilty of plagiarism whenever other people’s language gets used without proper citation in your text. At this and most other universities, plagiarism is regarded as intellectual theft; faculty will rarely bother to determine whether you stole words on purpose or walked out of the shop having forgotten to pay. (
Zotero is a free and easy-to-use research tool that helps to collect, organize, and analyze research. It is a free, open-source program that can be downloaded as a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari and as a standalone program that works with Windows, Mac, or Linux systems. Zotero enables researchers to store author, title, and other bibliographic information, import citations from other citation managers such as RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley and to export that information as formatted references. Seamlessly write a paper and cite it at the same time either online or offline.
Equip librarians, academicians and researchers to acquire a solid understanding of Zotero’s capabilities and how those capabilities can best meet their needs.
Target Audience:
Anyone who wants to introduce or support Zotero at her/his institution and check the authenticity of scholarly writings before submitting for publications. This may include Librarian, Information manager, Researchers, Academia’s who are involved with scholarly research and creative writing.
Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with scholarly writing and basic computer application is recommended.
The Workshops:
The workshops combine short presentations with interactive, “hands-on” practice, as well as the opportunity for participants to exchange their own experiences with Zotero, Mendely and Plagiarism. 
Expected outcome: 
Participants will gain valuable insights in the nuts and bolts of Zotero, how to use, support and promote Zotero, and how Zotero can serve the different needs of members of the academic community. Mendely will be disscussed also in the progeamme. Participants will also be able to check plagiarism for their own or others and able to determine whether the article is publishable.

Topic to be covered:
  • Over view of Plagiarism
  • Types and policies of Plagiarism
  • Open Source  Plagiarism Checker
  • Plagiarism Checker  “Turnitin”
  • Turnitin Admin Module
  • Turnitin Instructor’s Module
  • Turnitin Student’s Module
  • Document submission and method of scanning
  • Practice sessionIntroduction to Zotero
  • Getting Zotero
  • Installation Zotero Standalone
  • Customization
  • Building reference library
  • Adding reference manually (Book, article, conference paper, web content etc.)
  • Importing reference from other sources
  • Integrating Zotero with word processor
  • Using reference inside text
  • Editing reference
  • Updating reference
  • Creating Bibliography
  • Preference setting
  • Adding Citation style
  • Changing Citation Style
  • Export citation
  • Sync with Zotero server
  • Backup citation
  • Introduction to Mendely
  • Use android apps

Resource Persons:
University Librarian and
Head, AIF Management Unit, NSU

Minhaj Uddin Ahmed
Adjunct Faculty
ILIS, National Univerity
Mr. Mukhlesur Rahman
Assistant Librarian
Independent University
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Kazi Farhad Noman
Assistant Librarian
Southeast University

A.K.M. Nurul Alam (Apu)
Assistant Director
Bangladesh Bank Library, Dhaka

Venue: E-resource Access Center, North South University Library, Bashundhara, Baridhara. Dhaka.

Course Fee:

Tk. 1,500.00 – for BALID member
Tk. 2,000.00 – for Non-member (Individual/Personal Capacity)
Tk. 3,000.00 – for Institutional Participation

Online Registration

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Training on Library Management Software – KOHA

Thursday, 6 October 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, 8 October 2016 - 5:00pm
Training or Workshop
Koha is an open source and free software library automation package. In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of users collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. In-addition, in use worldwide in libraries of all sizes, Koha is a true enterprise-class ILS has comprehensive functionality including basic or advanced options. Koha includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships. It provides easy to use circulation policies,strong patron management,intuitive navigation, and extensive permissions for staff accounts. It also allows libraries to update older records with a newer version. 

Course Outline:
→ Introduction to Linux
→ Linux server set up
→ Installation of Koha
→ Customization of Koha
→ Uses of various modules of Koha
→ MARC21 use in Koha

Resourse Person
  • Mr. Kazi Farhad Noman, Assistant Librarian, Southeast University
  • Mr. A.K.M. Nurul Alam (Apu), Assistant Director, Bangladesh Bank (Library)
Course fee: 
      Tk. 10,000/- (Official Participant)
      Tk. 8,000/- (Individual/Personal)
      Tk. 6,000/- (BALID Member)

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)
Campus B
Room: 309, Computer Lab
House 85, Road 7/A, Satmasjid Road
Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209, Bangladesh

Workshop on Communication Skills for 21st Century Library Professionals

Saturday, 29 April 2017 (All day)
Training or Workshop
Communication is the way of exchanging information in systematic manner. Professional skills are desirable to make the communication process effective. Different types of communication skills reflect for professionalism in such processes. Especially library professionals are on the front line for communicating in timely manner. Communication skills are indispensable for professional delivery of information and keeping initiatives on track.  Developing such skills has been part of this profession since very beginning and always on dynamic mode to keep pace with ever-changing information need.  Communication skills also have great effect on career development opportunities which reflects through professional writings, presentation, networking, etc.

  • What is a communication skill
  • Parts of communication skill
  • Verbal/nonverbal communication skills
  • Why communication skills are essential
  • How to communicate in interview
  • Communication skills for Library Professionals
Professional writing
  • Basic of professional writing
  • Similarities / differences from general writing
  • Format of professional writing
  • Showcasing of professional writing
  • Need for report writing / power point presentation
Career Development
  • Basics of Career development
  • Process of career development
  • Identify target for career development
  • What can be done for career development
  • Career development in abroad
  • Career development for library professionals
Professional Exploration and Networking
  • Why/ how exploration and networking
  • Planning and goal setting
  • Time for professional development.
  • Skills required in Librarianship
  • Importance of networking
  • Ideas for professional network
Resource Persons:
Facilitator and Coordinator: Ms Hazera Rahman
Trainer: Ms Razina Akhter and M. Monirul Islam (Kanok)

Programme Schedule:
Discussion Session
09:30 – 09:55 Topic 1: Introduction to Communication Skills.
10:00 – 10:45 Topic 2:  Importance of communication skills for 21st century Library professionals)
Tea Break: 10:45 – 11:05
11:10 – 11:55 Topic 3: Professional writing and presentation skill development
12:00 – 12:25 Summary of the Session
12:25 – 12:55 Query Session
Lunch Break: 12:55 – 14:00
Technical Session
14:05 – 14:25 Activity 1: Coordination of experiences sharing
14:25 – 15:25 Activity 2: Group Demonstration   
15:30 – 16:05 Topic 4: Inspiration for Personal career development
16:10 – 16:50 Topic 5: Professional exploration and networking
16:55 – 17:15 Overview of the day and Feedback
17:30 Closing and certificate awarding ceremony

Venue: Eastern University Computer Lab

Course fee:
Tk. 1,000.00 – for Students
Tk. 2,000.00 – for BALID member
Tk. 2,500.00 – for Non-member (Individual/Personal Capacity)
Tk. 3,000.00 – for Institutional Participation

Deadline of Registration: 25 April 2017.

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Training on Library Management Software – Koha and RDA

Friday, 12 January 2018 (All day) to Sunday, 14 January 2018 (All day)
Training or Workshop
A 3 day-long training programme on Library Management Software Koha and RDA is going to be held during 12-14 January 2018 organized by Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists (BALID) in collaboration with University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). The details of the programme is given below:

Koha is an open source and free software library automation package. In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of users collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. In-addition, in use worldwide in libraries of all sizes, Koha is a true enterprise-class ILS has comprehensive functionality including basic or advanced options. Koha includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships. It provides easy to use circulation policies,strong patron management,intuitive navigation, and extensive permissions for staff accounts. It also allows libraries to update older records with a newer version.
Course Outline:
Day 01 Day 02 Day 03
→ Introduction to Linux Operating System
→ Key Linux commands
→ Installation of Linux OS
→ Prepare the system for koha 
→ Installation of Koha

Administration and Tools
→ Setting up libraries
→ Setting up item types
→ Setting up patron categories
→ Setting up circulation and fine rules
→ Setting up system preferences
→ Introduction to MARC and RDA
→ How to implement RDA in MARC
→ Creating and editing bibliographic records following RDA
→ Creating and editing holdings records
→ Using Z39.50 copy cataloging
→ Searching and finding catalog records
→ Printing barcode labels

Patron Management
→ Creating and editing member records
→ Finding and viewing patron records
→ Checking out an item
→ Renewing an item
→ Placing hold on an item
→ Checking in an item
→ Simple and advanced search
→ Place holds
→ Notification and OPAC massaging
→ Prepare different Report
→ Prepare report using SQL commands
→ Koha Reports Library

Resource Person

  • Mr. Kazi Farhad Noman, Deputy Librarian, BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT)
  • Mr. A.K.M. Nurul Alam (Apu), Deputy Director, Bangladesh Bank (Library)
Course fee: 
      Tk. 10,000/- (Institutional Participant)
      Tk. 8,000/- (Individual/Personal)
      Tk. 6,000/- (BALID Member)

      University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)
      Campus B
      Room: 306, Computer Lab
      House 85, Road 7/A, Satmasjid Road
      Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209, Bangladesh

Facilities: Multimedia facilities, Lunch, Refreshment, Training Kits & Certificate
Seats : 25 seats (first comes first serve)
Online Registration

Last Date of Registration: 04 January 2018

*BALID reserves the right to make any changes to the programme and selection procedure

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