LAS Inaugural Webinar – Remaining Relevant: articulating the value of our library services

LAS Inaugural Webinar

Remaining Relevant: articulating the value of our library services

Date: Friday, 30 November 2018

Time: 10am–12:30 pm

Venue: online


Join us online for this inaugural webinar to hear more about how we can remain relevant. Reserve your seat today to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards.


Registration is now open! Questions? Email us at

Program Outline

09.45 – 10.00 am Pre-Session Networking

10.00 – 10.10 am Welcome & Opening Remarks

10.10 – 10.55 am Opening Keynote

11.00 – 11.45 am Presentations

11.50 – 12.20 pm Panel Discussion

12.20 – 12.30pm Closing Remarks


See the full program outline:


We are excited to have the following colleagues speak at this webinar:


Future Proofing the Library / Digital Divide & Readiness

Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West is a librarian and community technologist. She writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine and is the author of the book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide. A born outreach librarian, she teaches a course entitled “Tools for Community Advocacy” for the University of Hawaii’s Library School. She is a research fellow at Harvard University Library Innovation Lab for 2016-2017, and serves on the Advisory Board to the Wikimedia Foundation. She works with small libraries and businesses in Central Vermont to help them use technology to solve problems.
1 A Community of Practice – Hong Kong Libraries Connect

Chloe Lei

Hong Kong Baptist University Library

In 2016, four like-minded librarians in Hong Kong started Hong Kong Libraries Connect. It was meant to provide an informal space/platform for professional networking and sharing in the region. In this presentation, Chloe will share their origin story, events/activities that they have organized, and challenges they encountered.
2 Online Professional Development for Librarians

Wu Jingjing

Texas Tech University Libraries

Higher education and academic librarianship are changing dramatically. Continuous career growth and development is critical in improving job performance as well as keeping adaptable to changes. During the past decade, libraries witnessed an increase in non-traditional positions for library employees, such as embedded librarian, data management librarian, user experience librarian, assessment librarian, digital preservation and curation librarian, and so on. Most of these positions are filled by library employees, who have already served on traditional library positions for years and are willing to explore new areas. Professional development is important not only to people changing their roles in libraries but to everyone working in this profession.

As an early career librarian in my early career, Jingjing started to attend online courses, webinars, and conferences since 2015. She aims to share online career development resources for librarians and her personal experience with these programs. She hopes other librarians can benefit from her experience.

3 Research Data Management – New Opportunities and Challenges

Chew Shu Wen

Nanyang Technological University Library

In the era of big data and the advent of Open Science movement, the organization and sharing of research data is gaining importance among researchers who seek to maximise their research impact and to reduce time and resources in collecting data.

This presentation seeks to provide a quick overview of research data management and how librarians are relevant in providing research data management services in universities and research institutions.

4 Piloting emerging research workshops at University of Houston

Gao Wenli

University of Houston

University of Houston recently launched a new initiative called 50 in 5, which aims to increase research output by 50% in 5 years. The liaison department has restructured to have a research team to better respond to the new research needs from faculty and students.

As the data librarian, Wenli is leading a new emerging research workshop series to better equip faculty and students with new research tools for data cleaning, visualization, and GIS. With limited resources, one of the goals is also to provide training for librarians so that they can answer data related questions, and take on introductory level workshops, freeing her to develop more advanced courses.

In this presentation, Wenli will talk about how she designs and promotes the courses, feedback from participants, and plans for future courses. she will also talk about resources for librarians to develop skills in those emerging research areas.

P Taking Charge of Your Own Professional Development

Zubaidah Mohsen
National Library Board


Joan Wee
Singapore Institute of Technology


Wong Shu Min
National Institute of Education


Edward Lim, New York University Shanghai (moderator)

In 20 minutes, our four panelists will provide multiple, diverse perspectives on taking charge of their own professional development. This will be followed by a ten-minute question and answer period with the audience.


Feel free to contact Training & Development team at with any questions.

Remaining Relevant: articulating the value of our library services

Remaining Relevant: articulating the value of our library services

Date: Friday, 30 November 2018

Time: 10 am –12:30 pm

Format: Webinar (more information after registration)


In the age of information abundance, we need librarians more than ever.

However, misconceptions about our work abound and the value we offer our communities is not immediately obvious. We often hear at conferences about staying relevant in this industry.

The Training & Development committee is organizing an online session for the first time to highlight opportunities and recognize the efforts made by libraries & librarians in staying relevant to our stakeholders.

Remaining relevant involves understanding what the interests of our community are, and finding common ground between what we can offer and the goals of our community.

This webinar will benefit library professionals who are looking for ideas, inspiration, and concrete steps they can take to remain relevant as information professionals at their workplace.

Join us online for this inaugural webinar to hear more about how we can remain relevant. Reserve your seat today to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards.

Registration is now open! Questions? Email us at

Call For Presenters

If you are working in a library initiating efforts towards the role of staying relevant, or can share how your work is making you remain relevant to your organization and stakeholders, we invite you to become a speaker.

Share your trends, new technologies, and applications to others in the industry.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Professional Development (career growth, continuing learning)

  • Trends and Challenges in Librarianship

  • New work areas for librarians

  • Alternative career paths for librarians and information professionals

  • Library Assessment

Submitting Your Proposal

The submissions deadline is 30 October 2018.

Submissions should include a title, presentation summary (maximum of 300 words) identifying the purpose, content, and learning objectives/expected outcomes for participants, and in our program.

Please also note the type of library discussed in your proposal – public, university, school, corporate library, or other. This helps the planning committee to create a schedule reflective of the many types of libraries in which we work.

All speakers need to provide your name, institutional affiliation, email address, a short biography (not more than 100 words), and a photo.

Click here to submit your proposal

The selection results will be announced by 5 November 2018.

Feel free to contact Training & Development team at with any questions.

ALIA, LAS and LIANZA communique

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The Presidents, Board members and Executives of the Australian Library and Information Association, Library Association of Singapore and Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa met on Wednesday 1 August, during the Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference, held at the Gold Coast Conference and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia.

We discussed topics of shared interest relating to:

1. Maintaining relevance and building association membership in each of our countries
2. Creating more opportunities for high quality, affordable library-related education, training and professional development
3. Acknowledging, embracing and engaging with indigenous knowledge
4. Even stronger advocacy for associations, the library sector and our members
5. Future conferences attracting audiences from the three nations and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

We agreed that the benefits of collaboration, which led to our three-way Memorandum of Understanding in 2016, were still to be realised, and that it would be worth exploring further joint initiatives in the five areas noted above.

We planned to meet by video-conference three to four times a year to discuss, scope and implement activities. We also planned to revisit and refresh our Memorandum of Understanding.

The three associations were very pleased by the success of the Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference, and wanted to maintain the momentum, goodwill and spirit of cooperation created around the joint conference, with members, delegates, library leaders, government representatives and industry partners.

Lyndall Osborne, President, ALIA
Samantha Ang, President, LAS
Paula Eskett, President, LIANZA

LAS Visit to 3M Singapore on 27 July 2018

Dear LAS members,

The Programmes and Social Committee invites you to a guided visit to 3M Singapore.

About 3M Innovation

The talk on the “3M Innovation Story” aims to share 3M’s expertise and experiences in creating and sustaining an innovation culture and ecosystem based on science. It will cover areas such as an overview of 3M, the importance of investing in science and innovation, 3M’s management philosophy and the belief in the power of collaboration.


3M Technical Centre

Explore the world of 3M at the Customer Technical Centre (CTC) and discover the magic of 3M’s science-based technologies. The CTC also features 3M’s solutions in key industries, such as electronics, building and construction, retail and transport engineering, through interactive displays and hands-on demonstration.


Date: 27 July 2018 (Friday)

Time: 2.15pm – 4.30pm


  • 2.15pm – Assemble at Lobby A via Main Entrance
  • 2.30pm to 3pm – Talk on “3M Innovation Story”
  • 3pm to 4pm – 3M Customer Technical Center Tour
  • 4pm to 4:30pm – Visit to 3M Concept Store
  • 4.30pm – Programme Ends


If you are interested in the visit, please register at this link:

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Maximum number: 30.

Priority is for LAS members. Non-LAS members: $10 per person.


Closing Date: 20 July 2018


3M Address: 10 Ang Mo Kio Street 65, Techpoint #01-01, Singapore 569059

Public Transports:

Nearest MRT: Yio Chu Kang.

Bus Stop (55051) Opp St Electronics [Yio Chu Kang Road]: 70, 70M, 86, 163, 854, 857, 857A

Bus Stop (55059) St Electronics [Yio Chu Kang Road]: 70, 70M, 86, 163, 854, 857


Directions to get to the meeting point, enter Lobby A via main entrance from Ang Mo Kio Street 65. This entrance will also lead you to the carpark. Link:


Car Park Details: Parking lots are available but chargeable at $1.60/half hour and capped at $12/day.


New Professionals Seminar – The Wonder Years

Celebrate August to learn, experience and share your librarianship journey! SMU Libraries and LAS proudly present this 2-day seminar where you can acquire practical skills that are needed for today’s workplace and expand your network with peers.

Who should Attend:

Recent library graduates and early career professionals with no more than 3 years working experience in academic and polytechnic libraries.

Celebrate the wonder and future years of your career!

Register Now
Date: 20 and 21 August 2018

Venue:  Singapore Management University
Li Ka Shing Library,
70 Stamford Road
Singapore 178901

Registration: Free
(Limited to 80 participants)

What you are in for:
Day One
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 12:30 pm Parallel Session Workshops
Option 1: Storytelling through Data Visualisation
Option 2: Design Thinking
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch and New Professionals’ Seminar Poster Photo Session
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Welcome Remarks
6:00 pm Seminar Dinner
Day Two
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Information Literacy Teaching & Instructional Design Skills Toolkit by Lisa Hinchliffe
Instructional Design and Designing Learning Experiences – Active Learning as Formative Assessment
Instruction scenarios through Stephen Brookfield’s 4 Lenses (self, student, peer, literature) – Modelling Reflective Practice
Working with Faculty and Other Campus Partners
Taking Charge of Your Own Professional Development + Setting Action Goals
Panel Discussion
Check seminar website for details
Questions? Contact
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