2010 Volume 39

Enhanced library database interface at NTU Library

By Abdul Aziz, Michael Tan Siew Chye & Hazel Loh, pp. 1-14


This project sought to develop an integrated framework for managing the  databases subscribed by the Nanyang Technological University Library (NTU Library). It aimed to provide a single workflow for the administration of the subscribed databases and information web pages, as well as to provide a modern and intuitive end-user interface for library patrons. New features to connect with social networks for information dissemination and sharing purposes were also added.

More Services at the Singapore Polytechnic Library

By Venkatachalam & Kamaludeen Mohamed Rafi, pp. 15-23


“More Services” is an add-on service offered by the Singapore Polytechnic Library in their online public access catalogue (OPAC). With this service users can request for transfer of items between the two libraries and also suggest that the library add more copies, withdraw outdated books, or buy new editions. It also provides floor location information for every title that the user finds in the catalogue. These enhancements provide our users with flexibility and convenience. This has resulted in greater customer satisfaction.

Embedding subject guides at NUS Libraries

By Aaron Tay, pp. 24-36


Librarians around the world have begun to experiment with dynamic subject guides, dubbed “Subject Guide 2.0” (Farkas, 2007; Kroski, 2007; Yang, 2009). They took their cue from Web 2.0 sites by incorporating interactive features, social sharing and dynamic layouts to appeal to users. In this paper, the initial efforts to incorporate widgets into the subject guides of NUS Libraries are described.

Research Guides at SMU Li Ka Shing Library: Built with LibGuides

By Yeo Pin Pin, pp. 37-58


The Li Ka Shing Library at the Singapore Management University (SMU) used a new platform, LibGuides to create their research guides. The research guides are traditionally subject pathfinders, but at the LKS Library, the guides are also used as a teaching tool and to support a course. The implementation process for LibGuides and the usage of the guides was explored. Statistics on usage of the guides on the LibGuides platform were provided.