LAS : Tour to Micrographics Data to learm about conservation & preservation

The Programmes and Social Committee invites you to a field Trip to Micrographics Data Pte Ltd

Date: 22 Oct 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30am – 11:30 am

Meeting Point:
Micrographics Data Pte Ltd
Blk 115A Commonwealth Drive #02-16
Tanglin Halt Industrial Estate
Singapore 149596


For LAS members, please register here :
Priority is given to LAS members.

For non LAS members, please register here :
Register as  public and NRIC is not needed.

This event is open free to LAS members.
Non LAS members will have to pay $10 on Sat, no receipt will be issued on Sat.

Please indicate if you are a member.

Registration is on a first-come-first served basis.
Registration closes once the quota is reached.

 Itinerary of the tour:

Time Programme
0930 Meet at Micrographics Data (MD) Pte Ltd
0935 – 1000 Topic: Conservation & Preservation of Library Materials. By Pia Josephine (Paper & Book Conservator)
1005 – 1030 Topic: A New Approach to Digital Preservation. By Kelvin Emmanuel (Director of Micrographics Data)
1035 – 1105 MD Factory Tour
1110 – 1125 Refreshment & Interaction with Participants
1130 Group photo – End of session


How to get there
Walking distance from Commonwealth MRT Station – See attached map.
(After former New Town Primary School)

For those driving, use car parking area in front of the Tanglin Halt Industrial or the open air HDB car park next to the factory.
*No photo taking allowed during the factory tour

WSQ/LAS Level 2 training for Support Acquisitions and Serials Work

LAS is pleased to organize the third run of the WSQ/LAS Level 2 training for Support Acquisitions and Serials Work on 4 – 5 October 2011.

This 2 day course will be held at NTU@OneNorth.


Register at:

This is one of the 5 competency based programmes at entry level which together form the WSQ Higher Certificate in Library and Information Services.

For more information on the module, please refer to the training page.
The course fees are listed here.
Registration will close with maximum of 17 registrants.

Upon successful registration for the training, you will receive a confirmation message & email.
The registration page will also display a message when the class is full. You will not be able to key in personal particulars when this happens.


Organized by:
LAS Training & Development Committee

Indexing Books: Principles & Practice

After a successful run last year, the workshop on Indexing Books by Max McMaster is back!

Organized by the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), this workshop will be held on 23 – 24 September 2011. The workshop aims to provide an understanding of the processes involved when compiling an index.

Details of the workshop form can be found in the attached document.

  •  NBDCS is pleased to offer 10% off the workshop fees for all LAS Members.
  • Members who are interested to attend this workshop can sign up individually or in a group directly with NBDCS.
  • Registration can be done via the form in the attached PDF or online at
  • To enjoy the discounted rate, LAS members should put “(LAS)” behind your names so that NBDCS can manage your registration accordingly.

For enquiries on the workshop, please contact NBDCS at:
Tel: 68488290

Indexing Books- Principles & Practice 2011

On This Week in Libraries #50: Gene Tan

Gene appears on On This Week in Libraries’s web episode.

He shares his experience on lazy librarianship, movies, storytelling and much more. Bringing you your weekly dose of library innovation.

Here are the shownotes:

  1. Shanachietour Book
  2. TWIL discussion group on Linkedin
  3. i remember SG
  4. Quest of the Rain Dragon
  5. Six years of asking stupid questions

TWIL #50: Gene Tan (President Library Association of Singapore) from Jaap van de Geer on Vimeo.

TWIL #50: Gene Tan (President Library Association of Singapore) from Jaap van de Geer on Vimeo.

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We Got It! IFLA WLIC 2013 – Letter From Gene

The time has come!

Singapore has won the bid to host the prestigious IFLA in 2013 – the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)!

This announcement was made officially at the closing session of the IFLA WLIC 2011 on 18 August in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at about 5ish – ie about 5 am Singapore time on 19 Aug 2011. Unfortunately, I had to fly home for major work commitments and had to receive the news via sms from our Singaporean library colleagues who were so lucky to be there for this historic announcement.

The bid to host the Congress was jointly submitted by the National Library Board (NLB) and the Library Association of Singapore (LAS) and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We will be expecting at least 3000 delegates from more than 100 countries who will converge in Singapore for eight days including a five-day conference programme.

This would be a major milestone for the library community in Singapore and LAS would be right at the forefront of it. Not only will this be putting us on the international map, it would be a major rallying call for librarians all over Singapore.

Isn’t this amazing? This will be the first time ever that Singapore is hosting this and we have huge plans for it.

As the Council taking LAS through to 2013, we have been thinking about this even before the announcement and these are some initial thoughts:

a. Flagship Events in 2013 eg Gathering of Library Associations; World Librarians’ Dinner Party at Istana (with our new President Tan!), etc.

b. Library Branding eg communications and publicity events eg Singapore Libraries’ Week or World Librarians’ Week. ie for LAS to have a presence beyond its limited circle and to reach out to the wider media to demonstrate the value of librarians – to utilise the press to showcase stalwarts and emerging talent from the field from all over the world.

c. Joint projects we could do with librarians and library associations around the world in 2012 and 2013 leading up to and to be showcased in 2013. We are thinking digital projects and apps.

d. Showpiece Publication of Libraries and Librarians in Singapore – a prestige publication as well as an online app to find the greatest libraries and the coolest librarians.

It’s time to gear up.

This will involve contributions from librarians and libraries from all over Singapore as well as collaboration with international library associations and libraries.

So do drop us a note if you want to help in any way.

We also want to hear your thoughts and plans on how we can make this the most memorable IFLA event yet!

Write to me at or post your thoughts on our facebook page

Good times for LAS and all librarians in Singapore 🙂




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