The biannual conference of the Library Association of Singapore is a much-awaited event where library and information professionals meet to gain insights on the latest and emerging trends in the field and to learn best practices from the experiences of others. It is also an opportunity for practitioners to network and exchange ideas with one another.

This year’s theme ‘Re-making Libraries: Innovate, Connect, Transform’ seeks to explore how libraries and information centres can transform to better serve the present and future needs of our users.

The conference will take place on 19 September 2019, 9 AM – 5 PM at Lifelong Learning Institute, Level 1, Event Hall 1.

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Following the successful 2017 Forum #Call to Action: Fake News, Misinformation and Post Truth, we cordially invite you to hear speakers such as Dr Gulizar Haciyakupoglu, Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU);  Edwin Tong, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law & Ministry of Health ; Michael Genkin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, SMU; Lim Sun Sun, Professor and Head of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, SUTD; Zakir Hussain, News Editor, The Straits Times; Zhu Feida, Associate Professor of Information Systems, School of Information Systems, SMU, together with social media representatives from Google and Twitter.

The panels will be moderated by Eugene Tan, Associate Professor, School of Law, SMU and Gulcin Cribb, University Librarian, SMU Libraries.

The event is Free, but Registration is required. More details below:

Truth & Lies:

Trust in Times of Information Disorder

Date: Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Venue: SMU Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, Level 2, School of Accountancy

Synopsis   2016, that eventful year in the almanac when we remember Trump being elected as the US President and the buzz about fake news! Fast forward today, a lot has happened around fake news, online falsehoods, and misinformation on social media and our daily lives.   Has social media polarised us? Is truth the new currency? Who is responsible? Where do they stand? And what are they doing about it?
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2:00 – 2:05 | Welcome
2:05 – 2:25 | Keynote
2016-2019: What happened? The state of affairs report Keynote speaker: Dr Gulizar Haciyakupoglu, Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
2:30 – 3:45 | Panel 1: Society & Truth
Panellists in this segment include academics, think tank and government representatives who will discuss the citizenry and their notions of truth and online falsehood. The need for legislation will also be debated and discussed.
3:45 – 4:00 | Break
4:00 – 5:15 | Panel 2: Business & Trust
Panellists in this segment will include representatives from business (social media and publishing) who will discuss their roles and efforts in advocacy and education in building or establishing trust.
5:15 – 5:30 | Closing Remarks Prof. Goh Yihan, Dean, School of Law

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On 11-12 June 2019, LAS and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Library are jointly hosting a Library Carpentry 2-day workshop.

The Carpentries are a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives. They teach skills that are immediately useful for researchers, using lessons and datasets that allow researchers to apply what they’ve learned to their work quickly. 

This is the first time a Library Carpentry workshop is held in Singapore. We are excited about using the Library Carpentry curriculum to help us become more efficient in our work. The curriculum will include:

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience, and the instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. 

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  • define terms, phrases, and concepts in software development and data science
  • identify and use best practices in data structures
  • understand what the OpenRefine software does and how to use the OpenRefine software to work with data files
  • work with library data in spreadsheets and get more done in less time, and with less pain

For more information, visit the workshop webpage

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Space is limited, and it will likely fill quickly. 

There will be a fee of $280 for LAS members, and $400 for non-members. Your registration costs go towards your instructors’ travel costs. No refund will be entertained.

Lunch will not be provided; there will be a recommended list of dining options near the workshop venue at your own expense. Morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks will be provided. 

We hope to see you at the workshop! Questions? Drop us an email at

Time flies very fast, and soon we are approaching our next annual general meeting. This year will be an election year. 

Please click here to download NOMINATION form for Council 2019-2021.

All nomination forms must be returned by 27 March 2019.  

As stated in our Constitution “Nomination forms shall be sent out to the professional members and local libraries, which are institutional members seven weeks before the date of the Annual General Meeting. Nominations, duly proposed and seconded by fully paid-up professional and institutional members, shall be in the hands of the Hon Secretary not later than five weeks before the date of the Annual General Meeting. All nomination envelopes shall be opened by the Hon Secretary at the Council Meeting following the closing date of the nomination.”    Our AGM will be held on 4 May 2019.

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL) invites papers for the Theme:  Navigating Your Own Professional Development:  Effective Use of the 2016 IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development

The Call for papers is available in the following link URL:

Proposals for short, insightful presentations (10 minutes) are invited from library and information professionals across the world whose professional development has been guided by or aligns with the 2016 IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices.  Preference will be given to individuals whose submissions document how their personal learning has advanced their careers, improved the quality of service delivered to their users and contributed to the achievement of IFLA’s vision. 

Please email your proposals by March 15, 2019 to and

Proposals should include:

  1. Title of proposed presentation
  2. An abstract (500 words maximum)
  3. Name(s) of presenter(s)
  4. Position(s) of presenter(s)
  5. Employer or affiliated institution of presenter(s)
  6. Email address
  7. Telephone numbers
  8. Short biographical statement(s) regarding the presenter(s)

Important Dates

15 March 2019:  deadline submission of abstract

30 March 2019:  successful candidates will be notified

15 June 2019:  Deadline submission of full text