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About Zakir Hossain

Zakir Hossain, Teacher-Librarian, Google Certified Educator, Coursera Mentor and an advocate of school libraries. Zakir awarded his master's degree in Information Science and Library Management from the University of Dhaka with first class-first position and completed several certificate courses such as TESOL, Research Methods, eLearning etc. He is passionate about educating children and has taken the term ‘lifelong learner’ quite literally when pursuing ways to enhance his own learning through MOOCs, PLN and in person.  As an educator, Zakir's teaching experiences have allowed him to work with students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Through his varied experience in national, regional and international levels, he has gained the ability to adjust his teaching styles and provide accommodations for all of his students regardless of their level of capacity.

As a Teacher Librarian and a Google Certified Educator, topics such as information literacy and ICT are at the forefront of his delivery and he believes librarians are the catalyst for multi-literacy efforts in schools. He has also a resilient and demonstrated expertise in research and academic writing. By building and scaffolding research skills over the years, he is better able to support his students as they take on the challenges of Personal Project, Internal Assessment and Extended Essay.

As an early career researcher, Zakir has published articles in peer-reviewed journals including the renowned UNESCO Journal of Lifelong Learning. His research interests lie in the field of Library, Lifelong Learning and Learning Society; Social Media based non-formal Education, IB School librarianship, Blended Librarianship, Academic Honesty and Non-profit organization's involvement with libraries. His awards and grants include the IASL inaugural Diljit Singh Leadership Development grant 2017, Takeshi Murofushi Research Award 2016 (International Association of School Librarianship-IASL), the prestigious Anthony Thompson Award-2013 (CILIP, UK) and IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2013 - grants for ASEAN delegates.

Currently, Zakir is serving at King Faisal School - an IB continuum school in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Prior to King Faisal School, he had worked for EUROPEAN Int' School Ho Chi Minh City, as a Teacher-Librarian and Diploma Program Extended Essay Coordinator, Singapore International School Vietnam, Manager of Library and Information Center at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Training Center in Ho Chi Minh City, State University Bangladesh, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and Sprout International School Feni, Bangladesh.

Zakir is closely involved in school library movement locally and globally. He is the elected IASL Director for International Schools, a life member of Library Association of Bangladesh (LAB), Academic Member of Athens Institute for Education and Research and the IFLA/IASL Joint Committee member. He is a progressive thinker and results-oriented person, who wants to effect change and development of education as a lifelong undertaking. Personally, Zakir is a lover of the Internet, travelling and biography books-a geek at heart!

Positions

August 2017 Present MYP/DP Teacher Librarian and Extended Essay Coordinator, King Faisal School ‐ King Faisal Foundation
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July 2015June 2017 Teacher-Librarian & Extended Essay Coordinator, EUROPEAN International School Ho Chi Minh City ‐ Nobel Education Network
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October 2013July 2015 ICT and ESL Teacher, Singapore International School Binh Duong New City ‐ KinderWord Education Group
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April 2012July 2014 ESL Teacher (weekends only), American International School ‐ AEIS, Ho Chi Minh City
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September 2011October 2013 Manager of Library and Information Center, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - SEAMEO
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January 2010May 2010 Library Officer, State University of Bangladesh ‐ SUB
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July 2009December 2010 Assist. Library Officer, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh ‐ ULAB
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February 2006May 2007 Primary Science and Computing Teacher, Sprout International School Feni ‐ Starline Sprout International School
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Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Web 2.0 tools, Information Literacy, Lifelong Learning/Learning Society, Social Media, Open Access, Scholarly Communication, Information Searching Behaviour, Outreach, Academic Honesty, and service assessment

Grants

2017 - 2018 Diljit Singh Leadership Development Grant 2017
International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)
Diljit Singh Leadership Development Grant
$1,000
2016 - 2017 Takeshi Murofushi Research Award 2016
International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)
Takeshi Murofushi Research Award
$1,000
2013 - 2014 IFLA grants for ASEAN delegates 2013
IFLA and Singapore Library Association
IFLA WLIC delegate grants
$300
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - 2021 Joint Committee Member, IFLA/IASL
2017 - 2020 Director- International Schools, International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)
2016 - 2018 Academic Member, Athens Institute for Education and Research
2017 Editorial Board Member, The Librarian Times
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Honors and Awards

  • Anthony Thompson Award-2013
  • IFLA World Library and Information Congress- Grants for ASEAN Delegates
  • GIZ (Germany) Scholarship
  • Takeshi Murofushi Research Award 2016


Education

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June 2008June 2010 MA, University of Dhaka ‐ Dept. of Information Science and Library Management
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June 2003June 2006 Bachelor of Arts, National University, Bangladesh ‐ Parshuram Govt. Degree College
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