Library Association of Bangladesh
The Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB) was founded in 1956 in Dhaka. It is usually call as LAB, a shorten form of Library Association of Bangladesh. Its mission is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” ‘LAB has a clear and succinct mission statement, all the activities the Association are suppose to match with the aims and objectives. Although the Association, from time to time changes its strategies, but the mission statement is very much generalized and has never been changed’. Its membership is open to “any person, library, or other organization interested in library service and librarianship…upon payment of the dues.”
It is governed by an elected Executive Council, its policy-making body, and an Executive Council which “acts for the Council in the administration of established policies and programs.” LAB members elect the LAB President, who serves a three-year term as President, including Vice Presidents (3), General Secretary, and Treasurer who serve a three-year term. Policies and programs are proposed by standing Committees, designated as sub-committees of the Association or committees of Council. Headquartered in Dhaka, its operations are directed by the General Secretary and implemented by staff through a structure of programmatic Offices and support units.