Academic libraries

Evaluating an Institutional Repository: A Case Study of Singapore Management University

By Yeo Pin Pin Abstract: An institutional repository (IR) was launched in 2010 for a university in Singapore. The motivations for setting up an IR were to disseminate the research output through open access, to promote the university and researchers, and to help increase their research impact. Some quantitative and qualitative performance indicators were selected […]

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Post-Pandemic Library Era: Practices at Three Medical Libraries in Malaysia

By Levas anak Mejus, Nor Hasyimah Mustapa and Zuhanariah Mohd Nordin Abstract: COVID-19 has affected the way that libraries function, especially in terms of operations and services. Activities and stories shared in this paper show significant similarities amongst three medical university libraries in Malaysia, namely, the International Medical University (IMU) library in Kuala Lumpur, Newcastle

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Trial by Fire, Boot Camps and Brown Bags: How Do We Learn to Teach?

By Rajen Munoo Abstract:Remember teaching your first instruction class? What worked and what bombed? How much preparation time did it take you? What was the student’s reaction? Did you get any help? Very often, librarians are required to teach with little or no formal training and this can cause a lot of anxiety and stress.

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Information Literacy: Diagnostics, Interventions and Assessments

By Debby R. Wegener Abstract:At the Temasek Polytechnic (TP) Library the librarians have been teaching Information Literacy (IL) and gathering feedback on these sessions for many, many years. While the students always profess to have enjoyed these sessions, what really needs to be ascertained is whether or not they have actually learned anything. The thought

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The Embedded Librarian(s) at the National University of Singapore: The Journey Continues

By Wong Kah Wei and Magdeline Ng Tao Tao Abstract:This paper aims to share the current state of embedded librarianship at National University of Singapore (NUS). The embedded librarian initiative started since 2016 at NUS with surprising positive outcomes and movements. The first embedded librarian was offered a joint appointment with Ridge View Residential College

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Delivering research skills to all first-year students: The Temasek Polytechnic example

By Ruby Seng and Georgiana Glass Abstract:Starting from April 2018, all first-year Temasek Polytechnic students have to take a common subject, namely, Communication and Information Literacy. As librarians were involved in the curriculum development meetings with lecturers right from the beginning, they proposed to create a self-directed online tutorial which was integrated into the curriculum.

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Transforming Information Literacy Programmes – A Design Thinking Approach

By Kheak Hui Hiang and Agnes Liew Abstract: In today’s information ecosystem, the abundance of information choices and the prevalence of fake news and online falsehoods make information literacy a critical survival skill. Recognising the need to develop info-savvy students to prepare them for the 21st century workplace, a polytechnic library in Singapore seeks to

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Librarians Joining the Fight Against Fake News: A NUS Case Study

By Raudhah Binti Muhammad Dahri and Ho Cheng Yong Richard Abstract: Since the Singapore Government published the Green Paper on Deliberate Online Falsehoods in January 2018, there has been an increasing number of concerns related to fake news in Singapore. To join the fight against fake news, two librarians from the National University of Singapore

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Asia-Pacific libraries on Facebook: Content analysis on posts and interactions

By: Catherine Tan, Sum Wai Yuan Hedren, Frank Seah Eng Kiat, V.Somasundram & Evelyn Wong. pp. 65-88. Abstract: A study was conducted on 82 university library Facebook pages across 52 Asia-Pacific universities. The popularity of these Facebook pages was analysed and they reached an overall average of 9.4% of their user population. The study also

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