An integrated project for the digitization of libraries is being undertaken, says the state minister for cultural affairs
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid on Thursday said that a total of 100 salon libraries have been set up across the country on an experimental basis through the National Library to make people enriched with knowledge.
"Aiming to enrich people with the light of knowledge, 100 salon libraries have been set up across the country on a trial basis through the National Library," he said.
Khalid was addressing the inaugural function of a series of reading programs as the chief guest, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of the country's independence. It was titled “Pori Bangabandhu Er Boi, Sonar Manush Hoi” and held at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of the Central Public Library in Dhaka.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs Simin Hossain Rimi, MP, inaugurated the three-month-long program.
Mentioning that the present government is working for the development of public and private libraries, Khalid said that an integrated project for the digitization of libraries is being undertaken in collaboration with the ICT Division.
“After implementation, it will usher in groundbreaking changes in accessing and providing information services from libraries.”
He also announced a grant of Tk3 lakh for 100 libraries (Tk3,000 for each library) participating in a series of reading programs organized by the National Library.
National Book Centre Director Minar Monsur gave the welcome speech at the program with Cultural Affairs Ministry Secretary Md Abul Mansur in the chair.
Among others, Director General of the Department of Public Libraries Md Abubakar Siddique and private library representative and President of the Dhania Library Shahnawaz were also present at the event as special guests.