Inauguration of training on digital library at East West University
Basing on the concept “Digital Library for Digital Bangladesh”, East West university library disposed a training workshop on “Application of Greenstone Digital Library Software for building Digital Library” from 28 to 31 December 2010 at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center (BPATC), Savar, and Dhaka.
The Inauguration program of the training workshop was held on 27 December 2010 at East West University auditorium. Mr. Muhammad Zamir, Chief Information Commissioner, Information Commission and State Minister, Government of the people’s republic of Bangladesh was present as the chief guest whileDr. Mohammed Farashuddin, President, Board of Trustees of East West University also spoke in this inaugural session. Professor Mohammed Sharif, Vice Chancellor, East West University presided over the program.
In his Speech, Chief Information Commissioner Muhammad Zamir told that the right to information is one of the bases of good governance. In a democratic society, people have the right to know about the information. With such aim, Awami League government is working to develop a Digital Bangladesh, which can be taken as a model in the world. We the people also have to learn on how to deal with such technologies as well.
Greenstone is a software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet or on CD-ROM. Greenstone is produced by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato, and developed and distributed in cooperation with UNESCO and the Human Info NGO. It is open-source software, under the terms of the GNU General Public License. The aim of the software is to empower users, particularly in universities, libraries, and other public service institutions, to build their own digital libraries
Ms. Dilara Begum, Librarian and Head of Library is country coordinator of Digital Library Network South Asia (DelNetSA) sponsored by the University of Waikato, New Zealand. This training program will assist library professionals of Bangladesh to build and manage digital library.