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State minister: Strong public library policy needed to develop the sector

  • Published at 08:02 pm April 28th, 2019
web-State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid speaks at a national policy workshop on the development of public libraries at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Sunday, April 28, 2019 Courtesy

KM Khalid makes the observations at a workshop held by the British Council on Sunday

A strong and comprehensive public library policy is needed to accelerate the development of the sector, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid has said.

"To accelerate the development of the public library sector, and to ensure modern, demand based and effective library services, formulation of a strong and holistic public library policy is of the utmost need," he said.

Khalid made the observation at a national policy workshop on the development of public libraries, organized by British Council’s Libraries Unlimited Program and the Department of Public Libraries, at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Sunday. 

The workshop was held with the objective to gather comprehensive opinions and recommendations, from relevant stakeholders for the development of a national policy for public libraries in Bangladesh. 

The state minister attended the event as the chief guest. 

"You have to follow up with me for enforcing it, as I am a part of the government," he added.

Stating the special role of public libraries in facing the challenges of the 21st century to meet national and international development priorities, AJM Abudullahel Baki, joint secretary,Department of Public Libraries, said: "Formulation of a new policy for public libraries will assist the sector to perform its desired roles."

He emphasised on developing a new policy for the public libraries in Bangladesh like other neighbouring countries. 

Andrew Newton, deputy director, British Council, and Kirsty Crawford, program director of British Council’s Libraries Unlimited Program, were present as the guests of honour. The event was presided over by Ashish Kumar Sarker, director general, Department of Public Libraries, and additional secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Members of Libraries Unlimited team and officials of the Department of Public Libraries were also present.