In Memory of Olive Lee

Mrs Olive Lee (Wong Yet Choo) passed away on 18 June 2006 at the age of 68. I remember meeting Olive Lee in the first weeks on joining the National Library (NL) in 1977. She was the Head of the Cataloguing Division at the time. The first impression she gave me was that she was …

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In Memory of Hauw Soo Kiaw

I heard about the demise of Soo Kiaw just after the news of Olive Lee’s death came. Soo Kiaw would have been about 58 this year. She had worked at the National Library Board having spent time at Queenstown Branch Library and Cataloguing. She resigned and joined the Institute of Systems Science (ISS) to head …

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Ethics and Librarians: A Panel Discussion

A panel discussion was held on 30 August 2005, at 4:30pm at the NUS Central Library Theatrette 1 to discuss the topic of Ethics and Librarians. The panelists were Mr Choy Fatt Cheong, University Librarian, Nanyang Technological University, Assoc Prof Terry Kaan, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and Assoc Prof Christopher Khoo, School …

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Do Librarians Have a Contract with Society?

Turner, Saralee. 2005 March. Do librarians have a contract with society? Singapore Libraries Bulletin, 15 (1):3-4,6. Why ask such a question? Why bother doing anything except day-to-day work in this profession that involves endless tasks; a lack of appreciation by our supervisors, who are now, more often that not, untrained in librarianship; and little recognition …

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LAS Statement of Ethical Principles

This post is adapted from Choy Fatt Cheong. 2005 March. Developing ethical principles. Singapore Libraries Bulletin, 15 (1):10-11. We hope that these broad principles will form the basis to guide librarians in thinking through difficult issues and making decisions based on values that we share. We hope these statements would jumpstart the discussion for our …

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