Village Notes at the District Collectorate Record Rooms offer valuable research material for local history
December 12, 2012, 10:43 pm
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Some pages of Village Notes, local documents discovered (and filmed) by PHD student Ben Kingsburry of Victoria University, at the District Collectorate Record Room, Patuakhali district, Barisal Division. These records are important for social-economic historians and other researchers for they offer a range of environmental, economic, and social information about the village. In the Record Room are about 25 volumes with some hundred entries in each volume. Actually the Village Notes and other archives are in deplorable condition and should be transferred to National Archives of Bangladesh quickly. The Village Notes date from 1850 to early twentieth centrury.

Ben didn´t got too easy access to the record room for the deputy commissioner didn´t agree with the letter of introduction from his supervisor. After returning with a letter directly approaching the commissioner, Ben was admitted entrance to the Record Room.

Brief Report of Bangladesh Archives & Records Management (BARM) by Muhammad Mezbah-ul-Islam, Ph.D.(NEHU,INDIA) Associate Professor, Department of Information Science & Library Management, University of Dhaka
December 12, 2012, 5:02 pm
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Jointly Organized by BARM (Mohammad Elias Miah), Dhaka and Dept. Information Science and Library Management (Dr. Muhammad Mezbah-ul-Islam), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Venue: Room-1007, Arts Building, University of Dhaka

A two-day lecture-cum-practical session on “Records Management, Conservation, Preservation, Restoration of Records and Archival History of Bangladesh” was held in the Department of Information Science and Library Management (ISLM), University of Dhaka on Ist & Eight September 2012. Total 35 students from ISLM Dept. attended the session. It was jointly organized by BARM and ISLM, DU.

The lecture-cum-practical session was conducted by Mohammad Elias Miah senior archivist, Bangladesh national archives. The participants received valuable information as well as practical knowledge regarding various aspects of records management and problems and archiving in the context of Bangladesh. The participants expressed their gratitude to the organizer of this session. They informed that they were impressed by the activities of BARM and expressed their eagerness to be associated with the activities of BARM. They opined that this kind of knowledge based exercises will contribute substantially in ensuring socio-economic development of the country in this evolving knowledge society.

It is worth mentioned that, Professor Dr. Muhammad Mezbah-ul-Islam, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, played an important role in organization of the programme. Dr.Mezbah expressed his gratitude to Mr. Elias for providing such kind of voluntary work through BARM and informed to students that in near future more different types of programmes will be organized extensively He has given thanks to all for success of the program.

My visit to Daily Prothom Alo, archives department, on 11 November 2012
December 2, 2012, 8:25 pm
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On 11th November I visited the Prothom Alo archives in Dhaka. Prothom Alo (First Light) is the largest selling Bangla daily. Advisor of the newspaper Archives invited me to visit the archives of PA. Mir Fazle Ahmed Chowdhury welcomed me in the archives department. Before joining PA Archives, Mir Fazle was my colleague at National Archives of Bangladesh (NAB). Lutful Haq, journalist and board member of Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS), joined us and introduced me to staff members of Prothom Alo Archives. Actually I found 7 staff members working in PA Archives including an advisor, a senior archivist, a research officer and four junior archivists. PA posseses both analogue and digital archives.

As far as my knowledge goes, there are 12 national dailies in Bangladesh who maintain digital archives. Prothom Alo although has started using the most advanced technology for archiving their news (stories and photos) from April 2012 onwards. They are using the Digital Management Assets Systems (DAMS) module of 4cPlus software (4C-DAMSTM digital asset management for articles, images, audio-video files and PDF). It´s an easy processing system for archiving the raw news of the newspaper. 4cPlus is an Indian Software Company with corporate office and main development plant at Vaishali, Ghaziabad, India.

This system gives a boost to management, maintaining, storage & retrieval and finally serves the researchers, reporters, readers when needed.     Image

Mohammed Elias Miah,

senior archivist at NAB