Work Shop Report
Implementation of Virtual Library Information System (VLIS)
SCHEDULE OF THE WORKSHOP:
SDNP Bangladesh, a UNDP funded project
of BIDS (one of the component of
SEMP, GoB) has been working to promote
sustainable development through information networking. Among many activities,
mass information dissemination forms a major task of the project. The
project has developed a web site for this purpose with content, data and
information related to development activities in Bangladesh.
Apart from these activities, the
project has taken an initiative to include available resources from reputed
libraries and transform them to be accessible through web. BIDS library has
more than 100,000 publications in the form of books, booklets, and journals.
This lead the web team of SDNP to develop a virtual library information system
(VLIS) and already several libraries have been included in this system.
To promote the product, its
usage and include more participants a workshop was held on April 5, 2002 at
the BIDS conference room with participants from about 15 organizations. Each
organization sent two of their personnel, including the librarian and a
personnel actively involved in library database.
list includes the name of participating organizations, universities and NGOs:
1. Association of Development Agencies of Bangladesh (ADAB)
2. Bangladesh Public Administrator Training Centre (BPATC)
3. Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU)
4. Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agriculture University (BSMRAU)
5. International University of Business, Agriculture and
6. International Union of Conservation for Nature, Bangladesh
7. Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment and
9. National Press Club
10. Bangladesh Sangbad Shangstha (BSS)
11. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research,
12. Unnayan Shamunnay (US) and
13. Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).
The Director General of BIDS
welcomed all participants with the welcome address and
Then the Project Coordinator of
SDNP informed the participants with the recent success stories of
SDNP Bangladesh and described its networking
The workshop was conducted with
two sessions. In the first session, the Chief Librarian of BIDS gave an
oversight on "Automation of
BIDS Library" to familiarize the participants on the available and largely
used library management software, CDS ISIS developed by UNESCO. The
presentation and documents include step by step details of BIDS library
In the second session the Web
team of SDNP introduced the "SDNP
Virtual Library", its characteristics, facilities and available features.
Through VLIS a remote administrator can add, edit and modify databases for
efficient searching and any remote user can browse the content without knowing
the database platform. For the demonstration, the virtual library has six sets
of databases from four organizations.
After the second session, there was an interactive session where the participants discussed about the system, its introduction in their organizations, features for further improvements and other issues.
The workshop concluded with vote
of thanks from the Project Director, SDNP.
The following recommendations
came out of the workshop:
Schedule of the workshop
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