Images of Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bangladesh Archives & Records Management Society (BARMS), 23 May 2015.
May 23, 2015, 8:31 pm
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Announcement of the annual meeting of BARMS, 23 May 2015.
May 22, 2015, 4:15 pm
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The Annual General Meeting of the Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (BARMS) will be held on 23 May Saturday at 4 pm at the Seminar room of the Department of Information Science and Library Management System, Dhaka University, Arts Building, Ramna, Dhaka-1000.The Agenda of the meeting:
1.    Report on activities of BARMS of last two years.
2.    The formation of the new Executive Committee for the year 2015 – 2016
3.    The Programme International Archives Day (IAD) on 9 June 2015
4.    Miscellaneous.
Professor Dr. Sharifuddin Ahmed                       Jalal Ahmed
President                                                           Secretary
BARMS                                                              BARMS

Inspection of Nilphamari Collectorate Record Room by Aliakabar, archivist of National Archives of Bangladesh, 5 May 2015
May 22, 2015, 3:43 pm
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On the 5th of May Ali Akbar, archivist of National Archives of Bangladesh (NAB), visited Nilphamari Collectorate Record Room, Zila Parishad Record Room and Police office. Reason of the visit was inspection of the record room as well as the condition of the documents (the records) stored in the record rooms. He noticed that conditions were reasonable good. The record keeper of Nilphamari CRR took training in Archives & Records Management at NAB and the effect of the training was visible in the CRR, there is improvement in storage and management records! After inspection the issue of record keeping was discussed with the Deputy Commissioner.

Some impressions of the visit:

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DRAFT – Report of the meeting of the Central Coordinating Committee (CCC) – BARMS, 11th May 2015, 11.30 AM, at ATIS (Ka-228, Progoti Sharani, Kuril, Dhaka-1229)
May 17, 2015, 6:49 pm
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This is the draft-report of the meeting of CCC on 11th May, more info will be added when official minutes are available.

Agenda for the meeting include:

1. Confirmation of last Minutes

2. Plan to publish quarterly Electronic Journal: The first issue of the E-Journal about Archives and Records Management Development, RTI, Training, Digital Archives, Compliance etc. will start as a 5 pages document written by Md. Lutful Haque, Abu Mokeram Khondaker, Elias Kanchon and Khaled Lezar. This journal will be published 6 times a year (2 by 2 months). Editor: Rokhsana Akter & Md. Shamim; advisor: Md. Lutful Haque.

3. Plan for celebration of International Archive Day 2015 (IAD2015): A workshop will be organized on 6 June and a seminar on 9 June at Prothom Alo office: theme is “Public Records is a Prelude”. The minister of Cultural Affairs will be invited to participate as is the secretary. Certificates will be supplied to the participants.

4. Miscellaneous: Need of specific archival training and how such training can be organized on a structural basis. Friends of Archives Bangladesh (FAB) can take the lead in organizing these trainings, ATIS Ltd. can operate as one of the sponsors. In this perspective these two should take the lead in organizing the next International Conference on Archives and Records Management (ICARM2016). Training material should be worked out in Bengali language, like “The Records of NGO’s” (ICA publication by Lutful / Azizul / FAB). All publications under “Friends of Archives Bangladesh” as FAB is registered as a member-organization of ICA. Next publication should be about “management of digital archives and records”.

What about the name of this new network / organization? Start with the “FAB” – name. As noticed FAB is a registered member of ICA and known by many archivists, records managers, historians, librarians, university staff and students in Bangladesh. Some preliminary discussion about membership of this archival organization: membership can be organized on three levels: General Members, Preliminary Members, Primary Members.

Transfer of archives of Cabinet Division to National Archives of Bangladesh
May 15, 2015, 8:22 am
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Collecting records by National Archives director Wadud Chowdhury and archivist Aliakbar at the Cabinet Division.


Visit of British Archivist dr. Helen Forde, Chair of The British Postal Museum and Archive, to Dhaka University / Asiatic Society / BARMS, 30 April – 4 May
May 6, 2015, 10:47 pm
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“Dr. Helen Forde is a leading archivist having worked at The National Archives where she was Head of Preservation Services. She has also worked with the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Museums, Library and Archives Council, and is currently a board member of the Society of Antiquaries, the Friends of the National Archives and the Banbury Museum Trust. Helen is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of UCL.”, From: The British Postal Museum & Archive – website.

Invited by Dhaka University, dr. Helen Forde did a lecture at the Asiatic Society on 30 April and a meeting with BARMS officials, faculty students and staff of the Department of Information Science & Library Management (ISLM) of Dhaka University (seminar room) on 4 May.

On 3 May Helen Forde visited the Liberation War Museum, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, National Archives Bangladesh where she had a meeting with director Wadud Chowdhury. Some of her impression of archival situation in Bangladesh after these visits were: lack of archival training and trainers, lack of awareness of proper archives management and thus lack of structural means, need of an updated and proper Archives Act, need of institutions for archival training.

The lecture at The Asiatic Society was about Learning from the past Through Archives” with open floor discussion as follow up. At ISLM department it was a “your seat at the table”- debate on archival issues with students and staff. Some of the issues discussed during these two events were:

  1. The establishment of archival institutions in the young state of Bangladesh
  2. How to proceed to collect copies / original archives and records from British Archives & Archives of India
  3. Is support from United Kingdom and institutions in the UK like The British postal Museum and Archive for build-up of training and archival institutions possible?
  4. How to preserve hard and soft-copies and what are UK experiences?
  5. Start with a campaign for an Archives Study on central level like Dhaka University, Rajshahi University, Chittagong University
  6. Start a programme on awareness about proper management of archives as Bangladesh is a young state with the archival sector in his initial stage
  7. Bangladesh is a country with a rich and long history but without any proper record keeping since 1971
  8. Archival institutions like NAB started just recently, don’t expect immediate results and improvements of actions, time is needed
  9. Most important is to start with a plan on central regional and local level, plans and projects on archival development can be submitted to donor organizations like International Council on Archives (ICA) or South and West Asian Regional Branch of International Council on Archives (SWARBICA)
  10. The need of a proper Archival Law in Bangladesh
  11. The establisment of BARMS and its relations with Dutch – Bangladesh Archives & Records Management and members of BARMS (f.e. Mezbah-ul-Islam, Jalal Ahmed, Sharif uddin Ahmed, Fazle Mir, Abu Mokeram Kondhaker, Md. Lutful Haque,  Rahana, Elias Miah, Aliakbar, Elias Kanchon etc.)
  12. Visit of Dutch archivists each year to Bangladesh for training, visits on local level, network-building and handson training of young people like Elias Kanchon
  13. Suggestion to Helen Forde to make a report of her visit that can be used as a pressure instrument towards government (awareness)
  14. Facebookgroups Friends of Archives Bangladesh with almost 400 + members!
  15. Lack of archival research in Bangladesh and the possibilities of doing archival research abroad
  16. The importance of institutions like ICDDR,B as example of good record-keeping in Bangladesh with good storage facilities (repository)
"Your seat at the table" with dr. Helen Forde, BARMS officials, students and staff of DU

“Your seat at the table” with dr. Helen Forde, BARMS officials, students and staff of DU

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Short-term actions and building up ARM network by Elias Kanchon (5 May – 9 May)
May 5, 2015, 2:44 pm
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Activities of Elias Kanchon, textile engineer and trainer Archives and Records Management

  1. Getting in touch with Nazimuddin Ahmed of ICDDR,B (former Cholera Hospital) for getting more ideas on the issue of Archives Management as tool for reliable data in use of Bureau of Statistics.
  2. Searching cooperation with Prodip Mahbub, expert on Public Administration and a colleague of professor Dr. Mahbubur Rahman of Heritage Archives and History Department of Rajshahi University
  3. Visit of Netrokona Polytechnic and Textile Institute for teaching Archives Management and giving them advise and introduction / development of Archives and Records Keeping System (very much helpful for the whole program BARM!).

Announcement of the meeting of the Central Coordinating Committee – Bangladesh Archives & Records Management Society (CCC-BARMS)
May 4, 2015, 10:49 pm
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The Central Coordinating Committee-Bangladesh Archives and Records Management Society (CCC-BARMS) will held a third meeting on 11th of May 2015 at 11.30 AM. Venue: ATIS, Ka-228 (1st Floor), Progoti Sharani, Kuril, Dhaka-1229, (North side of Jamuna Future Park). Priority issues of the meeting will be:

  1. Development of Archival Courses, Lezar Khaza Khaled Corporation in Rajshahi, Elias Kanchon’s Archives & RTI training, IUBAT training on Archives and Records Management, cooperating with NAB, Agargaon.
  2. Books needed: 1. Digital record keeping; 2. Material preservation of hard copy (paper) archives.
  3. Regional (I)CARMS in period 1 July 2015 – 1 May 2016: Dhaka (IUBAT, Daffodil, NAB), Sylhet (SUST Dept CSE under professor Md Zaffar Iqbal), Rajshahi (Sardah Bangladesh Police Academy & Heritage Archives Bangladesh History), Khulna University CSE Department, Noakhali University Information Science & technology. In Dhaka, Daffodil University, CSE department’s head proposed 25 february 2015 to host the 2nd ICARM. During 1 december 2015 – 1 march 2016 two of these conferences should take place as a minimum.
  4. The actual state of the Plan on Archives started by Shahin Abu Mokeram Khondaker.
  5. Theme for International Archives Day (IAD) in Bangladesh on 9 June 2015: Archives Information use for Good Governance.
  6. How to make a connection of NAB, BarmS, FAB, BARTICK with Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)? Ten years ago Barm was in contact with mr. Touhiduzzaman, also NAB was in contact with Touhiduzzaman on the then Digitizing program in NAB 2001 – 2007. This is needed for empowering Government Bangladesh in using CORRECT information / data in its policy on National, Regional and Local Level.
  7. Use of BARM Blog, kept by Sigfried Janzing since 2008 should INCREASE. See:
  8. Development of Elias’ work on local level to build up awareness, just as Rabiul said: “Ilias is doing a worthwhile job by taking the ARM and RTI issues to the places where these were never discussed before. Such campaign and direct interactions at grassroot level have farsighted impact on building community level Archives & Information [RTI-act!] awareness and skills and this could be a model example for many young men and women.”
  9. Lutful Haque and Hasan Mahmud (Bondushova)’s work on writing a guide / manual / leaflet on Personal Archives.
  10. Fazle Mir’s study on Institutional history of Bengal; following Mir’s important book on Noble families of Bengal, 2013.