Nearly 4000 books to be made e-books every year

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Nearly 4000 books to be made e-books every year

DHAKA, Nov 17 (BSS) – Nearly 4000 books of district and divisional level libraries in the country will be made e-books, the electronic version of the books, every year for digitizing the existing cumbersome library management system.

“The e-books to be linked to a central web portal would help creating a knowledge based society ensuring easy access to the readers on it,” National Project Director of UNDP-funded Support to Digital Bangladesh (A2I) Md Nazrul Islam Khan told a daylong workshop held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) today.

Over 150 librarians of different government and non- government run libraries of the country participated in the workshop jointly organised by Support to Digital Bangladesh (A2I) of PMO and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Nazrul Islam Khan, also the Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, said there are around 400 government and non-government libraries at district and divisional levels across the country.

“I am impressed to see that the librarians who are participating in the workshop have extended their full support to make at least 10 electronic versions (e-book) books of their libraries every year,” he added.

Nazrul Islam said the digitization of libraries and e-books will make available all books, journals and other study resources to the doorstep of common people, which will help enhance practice of knowledge.

“The prime objective of Digital Bangladesh is to ensure people’s access to all public services,” he said adding the initiative to launch online library management system would be another step towards the implementation of Digital Bangladesh.

Nazrul Islam said all the universities of the country would be advised to turn the books having no copyrights into electronic form to connect to the digital system.

“The books with copyrights can also be made e-books with permission from proper authorities,” he said.

Cultural Affairs Secretary Suraiya Begum, Director of Directorate of Public Library Md. Nur Hossain Talukder and Prof Dr M Nasiruddin Munshi of Information Science and Library Management Department of Dhaka University, among others, addressed the workshop.

City Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Ajit Kumar Sarkar and Director General of Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) Dulal Chandra Biswas were present on the occasion.

Nur Hossain said online library management system will create an excellent opportunity for book lovers of any corner in the country to make enlighten people as well as human resources.

All major libraries in the developed world already have gone online, which have played extraordinary role in disseminating knowledge among the people particularly researchers, teachers and students, Prof Nasiruddin said adding, “Now time has come to make our libraries into digitization. Otherwise we will lag behind in building an educated nation,” he added.

An official of Support to Digital Bangladesh said all the books in the public libraries, schools and universities would be made electronic in phases so people can read those from anywhere.

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