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About NURUL ALAM APU

A.K.M. Nurul Alam familiar in his nick name Apu is a devoted library professionals in the country. He received his BA (Hons.) & MA in Information Science and Library Management from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mr. Alam started his career at UN Information Centre as Library and IT Assistant and currently working at Bangladesh Bank Library as Deputy Director. He is involved with various voluntary works. He took part in various Information Literacy Training Programme for secondary level students and involved in professional development and consultancy activities. Being a library professional, Mr. Alam is actively working with web programming as well as graphics designing and video editing. He is the developer of BALID membership management system, Periodicals Circulation System at Bangladesh Bank Library as well as the website of BALID and CIS,B. Mr. Alam received extensive training on RFID based library system (implementation, use and troubleshooting) from 3M Singapore (held in Bangladesh and Singapore) with practical experience. He is the localization contributor (Bangla) of Senayan Library Management System (SLiMS) – a popular web based library management system having digital library support. He is also the Country Coordinator of SLiMS Bangladesh. He is a member of different professional associations like Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists (BALID) and Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB).

SLiMS Quick Start Guide

After installing SLiMS, our first job is to use the software practically. To run the software, first, we have to add all the book into the database and then member information. Once, book and member information are available in SLiMS database, we will be able to issue/return books using SLiMS. Here is a quick start guide for your convenience.

 SLiMS Quick Start Guide by Apu

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Library Automation for All: A Training on Library Automation Using SLiMS

A two days training program on “Library Automation Using SLiMS” is going to be started from 15 to 16 February 2019 at the Digital Access Centre, KUET Central Library, Khulna. SLiMS is an open source library automation software. Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB), Library Association of Khulna Division and KUET Central Library, Khulna will jointly organize the program. The purpose of the training is to enhance library automation skill of the library professionals and students of Khulna division.

Training Outcomes:

  • SLiMS Installation
  • SLiMS Customization
  • Data Entry

Who Should Attend?
The training program is intended for library and information professionals and students who want to automate their library by PC.

Resource Person: Nurul Alam Apu, Country Coordinator, SLiMS BD

SLiMS users in Bangladesh

SLiMS is now a well-known Library Management System in Bangladesh. The following libraries have been reported using SLiMS in the country:

  1. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Library
  2. Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Library
  3. Bangladesh Bank Library (Audio-Visual)
  4. Bangladesh Academy For Rural Development, BARD Library
  5. Center for Palliative Care Library, BSMMU
  6. Teachers Training College, Dhaka
  7. Teachers Training College, Pabna
  8. Jhenaidah Cadet College (used earlier)
  9. Munshiganj Technical School and College
  10. National Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Alias Sciences (NINMAS)
  11. National  Museum of Science & Technology  Library, Agargaon
  12. Palli-Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Library
  13. The Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM) Library
  14. The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh (OCAG) Library
  15. The Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD) Library

More libraries are expressing interest and some of them are in the process of installation.

Showing the username who last updated the bibliographic data in SLiMS

If we want to know the staff name who last updated the bibliographic data along with date and time, we need to make some changes in SLiMS. The changes are both in database and bibliography module. Let’s see how we can do this…

First we go to our slims database>biblio table. Add a new column at the end of the table biblio. Name it ‘last_update_by’ data type varchar (100) and save.

01. db_table_strctr

Go to your slims database and then ‘biblio’ table

02. db_table_add

Add 1 new column at the end of the table

03. db_table_add_clmn

Name the new column as ‘last_update_by’ type ‘VARCHAR’ length 100 (as user real name length is 100 in user table)

04. looks_like_column_biblio_table

Finally the database looks like

Then go to slims folder …\admin\modules\bibliography\index.php to edit index.php file.

Add $data['last_update_by'] = $_SESSION['realname']; after line 160.

05. Insert value to db

Edit index.php under bibliography folder to insert user real name to database

Edit the line number 688 as follows:
__('Last Updated by:').' '. $rec_d['last_update_by'].' '. __('on:').' '. $rec_d['last_update'].

06. show value from db

Edit index.php under bibliography folder to show data from database

Now save the file, go to browser and your slims admin panel>bibliography module.

Edit any bibliographic data first and then go to edit mode again. See the information like below:

07. Final_View

Final View

Thank you.

A.K.M. Nurul Alam (Apu)
Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Training on Library Automation and Digitization Software ‘SLiMS’ and ‘RFID’ held at NSU during 24-26 April 2015

A Three Day-long Training program on Senayan Library Management System (SLiMS) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) organized by BALID Institute of Information Management (BIIM), Bangladesh Association of Librarians, Information Scientists and Documentalists (BALID) in collaboration with North South University (NSU) Library during 24-26 April 2015 was successfully accomplished.

A Certificate Award Ceremony of the training programme was held in the evening on the concluding day (Sunday 26 April 2015) at the Faculty Conference Hall of North South University.

H.E. Mr. Rashed Khan Menon, MP, Honorable Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism was the Chief Guest and distributed the certificates among the participants. Ms Akhtar Jahan, M.P. and Honorable Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Benajir Ahmed, Chairman, Board of Trustees, NSU, and Professor Amin U. Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, NSU were present as the special guests while Professor Gour Gobinda Goswami, Treasurer, NSU was the Guest of Honor at the event. Dr. Mirza Mohd. Rezaul Islam, Chairman, BALID and BIIM presided over the ceremony. Mr. Shamsuddin Ahmed, Director, BALID Institute of Information Management (BIIM) gave a welcome speech and Dr. Mostafizur Rahman, University Librarian, NSU, gave the vote of thanks on this occasion. The participants took hands on experience on installation, implementation and use of the library automation system SLiMS. They were introduced with the server system and necessary utility software too. A practical demonstration on total RFID system, tagging, circulation and security check was also shown to them. Honorable Minister in his speech stressed on the digitization of the libraries and the necessity of library professionals to be equipped with the modern IT system to reach the goal of the present Government to develop the country as the “Digital Bangladesh”.

A total of twenty seven library and IT professionals from various renowned organizations and universities took part in this training program on SLiMS and RFID. Dr. Mostafizur Rahman , University Librarian, NSU, A.K.M. Nurul Alam (Apu), Assistant Director, Bangladesh Bank and Country Coordinator, SLiMS-Bangladesh, Kazi Farhad Noman, Assistant Librarian, Southeast University and Fatema-tuz-Johora, Officer-Library, ULAB were the resource persons in the training programme.

Training on Library Automation and Digitization Software ‘SLiMS’ and ‘RFID’ organized by BALID

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Date:  Friday 24 April 2015 to Sunday 26 April 2015
Resource Persons:
Dr. Md. Mostafizur Rahman
University Librarian and
Head, AIF Management Unit, NSU
A.K.M. Nurul Alam (Apu)
Assistant Director,
Bangladesh Bank Library, Dhaka,
Country Coordinator (Bangladesh) &
Localization Contributor (Bangla) of SLiMS
Kazi Farhad Noman
B.A (Hons) & M.A in Information Science and Library Management (DU)
PGD in Computer Science (BIM) Masters in Information Technology (JU)
Resource Persons:Short Introduction to ‘SLiMS’ and ‘RFID’:
Senayan Library Management System (SLiMS) is open source integrated library management software originally developed in Indonesia with a variety of developers from the different parts of the world including Bangladesh. The software was awarded in the category of Open Source by Indonesian ICT Award – 2009. Since, SLiMS-BD Country Coordinator works with the SLiMS Developers Community (SDC), importance on Bangla language is applied on the system. Since SLiMS is developed based on Unicode, it completely supports Bangla input and searching. On the other hand, it has built-in feature of Digital Library and Institutional Repository feature as well as audio-video streaming. As a result, no other software is required in the library.
On the other hand, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology have dynamic role in the libraries for tracking resources and provide unique identification. This technology is used to automate library operation and services, namely, check-in, check-out, sorting (shelf management), stock management and inventory control. It also use to modernize the library management system and facilitate use of and access to library resources which significantly improve the quality of library services and enhance the quantity of using library resources for supporting higher study and research. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology will allow auto identification of large numbers of tagged objects like books, reports, journals, magazines, CDs, DVDs etc. using radio waves that will enable faster traceability of library resources, increase its security and allow fast transactions of resources among the users.
Expected Outcome: Participants will be able to install SLiMS and use it by themselves. They will also be able to implement SLiMS at their institutions. Practical demonstration on RFID will aslo be experienced by the participants.
Course Fee:
Tk. 4,000.00 – for BALID member
Tk. 6,000.00 – for Non-member (Individual/Personal Capacity)
Tk. 8,000.00 – for Institutional Participation
Venue:
E-resource Access Centre
North South University
Bashundhara, Baridhara, Dhaka

Why SLiMS?

There are a number of ILS available around the world. Some of them are popular also. Then why SLiMS? Lets see why we recommend SLiMS…

  • Cross platform – web based.
  • Runs on Linux, windows, Mac and others.
  • Apache server and mysql database.
  • PHP scripting language.
  • Complete digital library support.
  • Books, documents, multimedia and serial publication cataloging.
  • Single entry form.
  • AACR2 standards.
  • MARC support.
  • OAI-PMH, MODS Metadata, xml, rss.
  • First ever Bangla (বাংলা) language supported ILS.
  • First ever Bangla (বাংলা) searching supported ILS.
  • Digital Repository.
  • User friendly.
  • Easy to customization.
  • Easy to learn.
  • And many more.