My Tree House” is the first library in the world to be steered by green principles in all facets from design, infrastructure and use of sustainable materials, to collection and programming. Eco-friendly building materials such as energy-efficient LED lighting, refurbished bookshelves and carpets with green properties were used. The canopy of the tree house centrepiece is built and installed with over 3,000 recycled plastic bottles collected. Children can interact with The Knowledge Tree, which is a shadow play wall, to learn about the environment and energy conservation. Budding meteorologists can also discover Singapore’s temperature, rainfall and wind speed “live” through The Weather Stump which charts real-time weather information provided by the Meteorological Service Singapore. A significant 30% of the 45,000 books will focus on green topics such as animals, plants, nature, water resources, weather, environment, recycling and climate change. Children can take part in an interesting line-up of green themed programmes, for which NLB is partnering other public agencies. These programmes include storytelling sessions and workshops on creating games and craft-making. NLB will also be organising tailored library tours for schools for environmental education and outreach. In addition, there is a Cardboard Re-invented exhibition within Central Public Library and Level 1 Lobby hosted in conjunction with the launch. Do visit us to take a look at the Library.
Here are some pictures:
By Soh Lin Li, Central Public Library
How time flies! It’s already March and yes most organizations with their financial year closing would be in a mad rush to ensure fund expenditure and purchases are all tied up neatly before they have to start the new FY. Best wishes to all!
For LAS, we breathe a sigh of relief each time we have to give birth to our SJLIM, but I am happy to announce that the 2012 version of SJLIM (Volume 41) is finally ready and is accessible directly from our LAS pages. Please click on this link to get there.
The other significant happening was that Singapore’s very first volunteer-run library, library@Chinatown was officially launched at the end of January 2013. If you haven’t visited it yet, I have heard that our programming team is looking into organizing a tour so do keep a look out when the call for those interested to register is made! For those interested in more details you may check out this page put up by Straits Times for some pictures. NLB’s press release about this library can be found here.
I hope the first month of the new year finds you well and you probably have started some new initiatives or are planning for some since budget planning should be turning up soon for some of you.
Just a quick catch up – ISEAS library had appointed Mr. Pitt Kuan Wah to be its Head of Library with effect from 1st Jan 2013. He replaced Ms. Zaleha Tamby who was the previous Head of Library. Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Pitt for his new posting!
Also close to the end of January, LAS held its new year bash and around 60-odd LAS members turned up at the National Museum of Singapore’s Salon Room for the gathering. We had a wonderful time – I will try and bug our programming team for a report and some pictures soon – please watch out for that.
Of course the month of February 2013 is likely to be a busy period for our Chinese members whom are likely pre-occupied with the Chinese New Year festivities. A very happy new Chinese New Year to all whom will be celebrating this occassion! May the Golden Snake brings abundant opportunities to grow and prosper for one and all!
For those of you watching out for the SJLIM issue of 2012 – please be assured we are trying our best to get it ready (we hope to publish before the month is out) – please take note we are no longer printing physical copies of the SJLIM – I will announce it once its ready and put up on our LAS website/pages!
In the meantime….. Shhhhh!!!!! (yeah, a poor rendition of the snake I know, but it does remind us of our past practice of requesting for silence in our reading spaces )
LAS awards 2012
The call for application for the LAS 2012 awards is open. For forms and details please go to http://www.las.org.sg/wp/awards/application-for-las-awards/
NLB and the State Library of Victoria (SLV) re-affirmed their working relationship on 10 October 2012 in a simple ceremony held at the Multi-purpose Room of Central Public Library at the NL Building. This was followed by a talk by the new CEO and State Librarian for SLV, Ms. Sue Roberts – who presented an overview of what lies ahead for SLV. For information about the State Library of Victoria, please visit: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/
Professional Talk by Dr. Ismail Serageldin
The Director of the New Library of Alexandria (or Bibilotheca Alexandrina) was invited by NLB to give a talk at the NL Building. He gamely covered 2 interesting topics on 11 October 2012 – Introduction to the New Library of Alexandria and the Future of Libraries. Dr. Ismail shared the interesting histories of the old libraries of Alexandria and provided a up-close and personal account of the new library’s experience of the Arab Spring movement in Egypt. He also offered his views about the up-coming changes expected in our world and how libraries should ready and adapt themselves to these changes. For details about Bibliotheca Alexandrina please visit: http://www.bibalex.org/home/default_En.aspx
Reported by Yit
Happy Nurses Day to all our Singapore nurses! Wait, some of you will say isn’t Nurses Day supposed to be on May 12 (birthday of Florence Nightingale)? Yes, that’s the international Nurses Day, for Singapore we have set it for August 1 due to our own bit of history – we can trace the origins of nurses in Singapore all the way back to 1 Aug 1885 when it was first started by the sisters of a French Convent at the General Hospital at the Sepoy Lines. Those of you who want more can look up the infopedia article here.
In the meantime, looking at things more current and further out of our world, NASA’s probe to Mars ought to be landing around 5th August (or 6th August our time). The mobile science laboratory dubbed “Curiosity” hopefully would be able to land safely and provide information to us about things on the surface of Mars. Those of you interested or curious about “Curiosity” can follow what’s happening at NASA’s site on Mars Science Laboratory.
Back to Library News, August is also IFLA’s month – and this year they are having the WLIC 2012 in Helsinki – we have our Singapore contingent going over there to promote the WLIC 2013 event (which will be held in Singapore!). So best wishes and a good trip to our members making their way to Helsinki! In the meantime though, we really need our Librarians in Singapore to contribute by writing about yourselves and the libraries you work in! Yes, we need information about the Librarians and Libraries in Singapore – we are planning to compile a web site that holds this information (and let it grow – it will continue beyond the WLIC 2013 event) – from which we also hope to be able to collect suitable information for a souvenir publication for the participants of WLIC2013. So if you have been approached by one of our volunteers tasked to collect information please help by actively contributing – if we haven’t gotten round to asking you (firstly, our apologies as we have only a limited pair of hands) but you are most welcomed to submit a write up about yourself – we are looking for ALL librarians in Singapore (yes, that includes librarians whom may not be working in libraries, and no we are not restricting ourselves to Singaporeans only – we are looking for Librarians in Singapore and not Singaporean Librarians) – please send your information to email@example.com – thank you in advance for your support! (Post-edit: Our President Gene Tan is also calling for Librarians to turn up at NLB building Level 1 Plaza area on 3 Aug 2012 5pm for a video shoot – we are trying to send our greetings to the WLIC2012 folks to welcome them to Singapore for 2013 – please join us if you can make it!)
Other news – NLB has signed an MOU with the Genealogy Society of Singapore – this marks and official attempt to build up a resource that would be useful for people searching for their family histories.
One of our member, Soo Chin, went to a conference in Australia, and has sent in her report – please watch out for her report coming up soon.
Interesting bits from around the world includes Oakland’s Public Library’s Tool Lending Library – yep they actually lend out home improvement tools with How-to-do books to help people do their own home-improvement! The Librarians from the Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Strathfield and Brisbane campuses studied the use of Ipads for the use of teaching and learning reported it at an ALIA event - link.
Yit (with leads from Sharon Teng’s CLIPS Alert for July 2012 – CLIPS stands for Current Library and Information PostingS)
Posted in Editorial, Events, General News, LAS News, News from Libraries
Tagged ACU, ALIA, Genealogy Society of Singapore, IFLA, NLB, Oakland Public Library, WLIC2012, WLIC2013
Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) Library’s newly renovated Lifestyle Hub was launched on 16 April 2012. Besides the addition of newly acquired Blu-Ray movies, DVD titles and the latest music CDs, the Library has also subscribed and added new lifestyle periodical and book titles.
Upon stepping into the Lifestyle Hub, Library users will feel at ease since the Library has opted for a “Nature” theme for the Hub, within the hues of browns and greens. In addition, patrons will immediately notice the enlarged seating capacity and the increased size of the new Hub. A performance stage and an interactive touchscreen display system at the main entrance whereby information contents can be viewed via the use of hand gestures and finger swipes are the main ”stars” of the Hub.
Library users can enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee at the cafe within the Hub, surrounded by pillars clad in colorful graphics with designer shelves showcasing new arrivals. Other enhancements include more power outlets for students to charge their laptops, more discussion areas to discuss project works, and designer furniture for all to sit and relax in, and the availability of more PC clusters to surf the Internet and access e-learning resources.
More information and pictures can be found at the NYP Facebook:
Reported by Justin
The Bedok Public Library has launched an eReading Devices for loan pilot project last week. Registered members are able to borrow iPads, Kindles and Playaways home for about 2 weeks. The devices have either access to eBooks subscribed by NLB or are pre-loaded with e-content. The press release by NLB is found here.
Reported by Yit
The Public Libraries Singapore (PLS) of the National Library Board is trying out its hand at crowdsourcing. It is asking its users to recommend book titles and putting these crowd recommended titles to vote by its crowd as well. Prizes are being offered for the Top 3 recommendations as well as most popular title within a category. This exercise is targeted to end on 1st July 2012.
For more details, please check out this link:
Reported by Yit with leads from Corey Khoo (NLB)
Nanyang Polytechnic Library (NYP Library) has just launched a 3D interactive library map for their library. This is aimed at helping their users get around the spaces within the library. The map is also available via their NYP Library portal. For more information and pictures – please check out their facebook link and blog.
Reported by Justin Tan.