Exhibition and Talk on Lim Nee Soon @ Central Library on 30 September 2016

A traveling exhibition titled “Pioneering Rural Settlements: The Legacy of Lim Nee Soon” will be held at NUS Central Library on Level 4 from 26 September to 25 October 2016. Curated by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and River Valley High School, this English-Chinese bilingual exhibition explores Lim Nee Soon’s early life and education, family, career and business enterprises, and his numerous contributions which left a lasting impact on Singapore.

Known as the “Pineapple King” for his success in the pineapple industry, Lim Nee Soon (1879-1936) played a pivotal role in opening up northern Singapore for settlement. He saw the potential of uncultivated land in areas such as Sembawang and persuaded the colonial government to lease him the land for the building of settlements. Present-day Yishun estate is named after him, with “Yishun” being the Hanyu Pinyin pronunciation of “Nee Soon”.

In conjunction with the exhibition, an academic talk titled “The Ravages of War: The Decline of Lim Nee Soon’s Family from the Eve of World War II and the Change in the Power-Structure within the Singapore Teochew Community” will be held at NUS Central Library Theatrette 2 (Level 4) on 30 September 2016 (Friday) from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Chaired by Dr Tan Teng Phee (Curator of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall), the speaker is Associate Professor Lee Chee Hiang (NUS Department of Chinese Studies). The organisers are NUS Chinese Library, Southeast Asian Chinese and Modern China Research Group, NUS Department of Chinese Studies and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. This talk will be held in Mandarin. We welcome NUS staff and students to attend the talk.

If interested, please register for the talk at http://bit.ly/talk160930 by 29 September 2016. Please see the poster below for more details.

 

国大中央图书馆四楼于2016年9月26日至10月25日展出《峥嵘岁月:林义顺的生平与贡献》巡回展。该次展览由晚晴园—孙中山南洋纪念馆立化中学携手合作,叙述林义顺(1879-1936)早期的生活和教育、家庭、事业,以及他对新加坡的深远影响与贡献。

林义顺在黄梨种植业的成功, 让他享有“黄梨大王” 的美誉。林义顺在新加坡北部的开发中扮演举足轻重的角色。他看到了三巴旺等荒地的巨大潜力并说服殖民地政府将土地租赁给他,允许他在该区建立新的村落。今日的顺义市镇(Yishun Town) 便是以他的名字来命名。

配合此次展览,国大中文图书馆国大中文系东南亚华人与近代中国研究群晚晴园—孙中山南洋纪念馆将于9月30日联办一场专题讲座:“烽火的烙印:二战前后新加坡林氏家族的式微与潮社权力格局的变化”。主讲人是李志贤副教授(国大中文系),并由陈丁辉博士(晚晴园-孙中山南洋纪念馆研究员)主持。讲座地点在国大中央图书馆四楼第二讲堂

有意出席讲座者,请通过此链接(http://bit.ly/talk160930)提前报名。详情请参考海报信息。

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NUS World Food Week @ NUS Libraries

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We are proud to support World Food Day by holding a series of activities from 3 to 7 Oct. First up! Come join special screenings of the documentary film- Hungry for Change: Your Health is in Your Hands– which will be held at NUS Central Library.

Screening details:

  • 5 Oct, 9am to 10:30am (Central Library’s Theatrette 2).
  • 7 Oct, 12noon to 1:30pm (Central Library’s Theatrette 1)

All NUS staff and students are welcome, and will receive a healthy gift pack at the entrance to the Theatrette. Register here.

About the Documentary

Hungry for Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don’t want you to know about; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.

Featuring interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real life transformational stories with those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight. Learn from those who have been there before and continue your health journey today. | Source

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Cosy Green Nook @ NUS Central Library

On 3 October, come visit the cosy Green Nook we’ve set up just for you. Pick up a book from our #powerpicks collection, lay back and start reading. When you’re done, don’t forget to leave a pledge to NOT waste food.

#WeWalkWith: An Expedition to Lions Befrienders

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Being part of the NUS Libraries family means that every day, we meet customers with widely differing and often complex needs. Empathy is thus an important trait to have when we engage with our community. It makes us understand issues from the customers’ point of view, and gives us the opportunity to resolve a customer’s pains, rather than fulfil some cold KPI. Empathy begins with a genuine interest in the people around us. We learn from and are always inspired by the people we walk with. This inspired us to develop the #WeWalkWith initiative.

NUS Day of Service became the perfect chance to hold our first #WeWalkWith event. On a sunny Saturday morning (3 September 2016), more than 20 of us paid visit to the Lions Befrienders Senior Activity Centre at Ghim Moh, which serves as an activity centre for senior residents who live in 2-room apartments. Besides organising refreshing exercises, nostalgic sing-a-alongs and fun games, NUS Libraries colleagues also forged warm friendships with the enthusiastic uncles and aunties.

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At the end of the day, we were sad to say goodbye to the more than 40 residents who had turned up to join us in our first #WeWalkWith expedition. I daresay that we went away with a better appreciation of issues that the silver generation face daily. It taught us to dig deeper into the root causes of difficulties, rather than settle on surface, unimportant problems. Our empathy has been widened simply because step by step, #WeWalkWith our community, both within and without NUS Libraries.

Selected Thoughts from NUS Libraries Volunteers

It was a joyful experience to volunteer for this event. The event felt more like a party below the block than a volunteering event. Everyone, whether a volunteer or silver friend, was sporting and eager to make the morning a fun and happy affair. Even though there were some obstacles such as language barriers or unexpected little errors, with the help of one another, we managed to make everyone smile at the end of the morning. Interacting with the silver friends at the centre also made me realise how smiling and spending a little of our time with them warmed their hearts. How simple it is to make another person’s day, yet how arduous it may seem when we have a few hundred other priorities to see to. Perhaps we only need to change just one little thing at a time. I definitely gave more and received more than what I could on a typically Saturday morning.

— Lyndia Chen

I was taken by surprise by the absolute “Joie de Vivre” of our silver friends. Their determination to live life fully and deeply, whatever the circumstances, is very inspiring!

— Sukanya Naidu

My pink crane finally has a partner, thanks to the multi-talented karaoke-champ uncle. To me, the event epitomised their varying talents, and their sheer joy in gifting us their camaraderie, knowledge, including, tips, and yes, some tricks as well.

— Jamila Osman

Usually I would volunteer to be with the kiddies (kindy kids) whether it is to teach or to play games. Interacting with our elderly friends on Sat was a new experience for me. Surprisingly, they are as joyful as the kiddies. They were the ones who asked me to sit and talk to them as I walked around. They were the ones who told their stories without me prompting much. They were the ones who showed me that if you want to, you can really have a good time. The best part is when they were folding their origami lanterns. A Cantonese song was playing in the background and two of the ladies sang along as their fingers were busy folding. Occasionally, they looked up at each other and sang in unison. One elderly did not say anything. He sat quietly folding quickly but messily. I left him on his own as I think he could not see very well. But he remembered every step and used all the paper we gave him. I was taken aback. When I praised him, he smiled and started to speak in Cantonese.

— Kah Wei

It is a positive and enriching experience for me. The elderly enjoyed themselves with our activities and engagement. We too, enjoyed entertaining them.

— Andy Quek

The seniors really enjoyed themselves to the old-time favourites during the sing- along session. Some humming, some singing and some were waving their hands in the air. One stout looking elderly man stood out. A very cheerful and chatty man belted out a Hokkien song swaying along as he sang with gusto. The audience responded to the beautifully-sung rendition with thunderous applause all round. He smiled and nodded glowing with adulation. It was such great positive and uplifting energy, and it was wonderful to see the seniors and our colleagues having a whale of a time.

— Yan Chuin

It was an enjoyable and meaningful morning for me on last Saturday. The Silver friends made me felt much younger and energetic during the happy hours with them that morning. While we care for and #WeWalkWith the Silver friends, I think we benefited much more – bonding with our own colleagues outside office and inspired by the positive attitude of the senior generations.

— Ah Too

Connect with Canada Lucky Draw

NUS Libraries is currently hosting an exhibition from the Canadian High Commission. Enjoy the exhibits, connect with the Canadian High Commission, and you could win a Canada-themed prize basket!

The lucky draw will include a basket of Canada-themed prizes, and will be drawn on September 24, 2016. A notification will be sent to the winner’s Facebook message box.

How? Two simple steps:

  1. Like the High Commission of Canada’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/canadainsingapore.
  2.  Post a selfie with your favourite Canada mascot – the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer or the polar bear cubs in the “comment” section of the exhibition’s post – “Come and meet Canada at the National University of Singapore’s Central Library!”. Better yet, tell us what impressed you the most about the exhibit.

Note: All photos must be submitted by midnight of Thursday, September 22, 2016.

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Age of Discovery, Chris Kutarna Author Event

The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery. To avoid being torn apart by its stresses, we need to recognise the fact―and gain courage and wisdom from the past. Through the lens of his new book, Age of Discovery, Chris Kutarna shows how to make sense of the many shocks that define the age we live in: from Brexit (which he publicly predicted in the British media) to the 2016 US presidential race to climate change and international terrorism.

Now is the best moment in history to be alive, but humanity has never felt more anxious or divided. Human health, wealth and education are flourishing. Scientific discovery is racing forward. But the same global flows of trade, capital, people and ideas that make gains possible for some people deliver big losses to others―and make us all more vulnerable to one another.

To make sense of present shocks, we need to step back and recognise: we’ve been here before. The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others, likewise redrew all maps of the world, multiplied knowledge and sparked a flourishing of creative achievement. But their world also grappled with the same dark side of rapid change: social division, political extremism, insecurity, pandemics and other unintended consequences of discovery.

Now is the second Renaissance. We can flourish again―if we learn from the first.

 

Register here to find out more about the new Age of Discovery directly from Chris himself! 

Date: 9 September, 2016, Friday.

Time: 2-4pm

Venue: Central Library Theatrette 2

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About Chris Kutarna

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Chris Kutarna is a two-time Governor General’s Medalist, a Sauvé Fellow and Commonwealth Scholar, and a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School with a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford. A former consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, then entrepreneur, Chris lived in China for several years and remains a regular op-ed contributor to one of China’s top-ranked news magazines. (He lived in Australia and New Zealand for several years, and still cannot surf.)

Chris is the author of Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance, published globally in 2016. His prior works include the best-selling Globality: Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything (2008), for which Chris was the lead China researcher.

Born on the Canadian Prairies, Chris is, rather incongruously, an avid and accomplished rower and rowing coach. He divides his time between Oxford, Beijing and Regina.

E-Resource Discovery Day 2016

Up to 19 publishers set up open booths to demonstrate and showcase their tools and services.

The E-Resource Discovery Day (#ERDD) and Books for a Cause (b’Cause) Fundraising Sale were a resounding success! If you had visited Level 4 of the Central Library between 25 to 26 August, you might have been treated to a rare sight: a milling crowd of people made up of students, faculty and administrative staff. Not only did our friends have the opportunity to engage directly with e-resource publishers to discover exciting tools and platforms, but also take part in awesome games, an informative quiz and a nail-biting Lucky Draw. 20 lucky students won attractive prizes that ranged from an Apple Watch to a remote-controlled drone.

We know you enjoyed the game Nerf Nerds. It lasted a short 2-hour but we saw nearly 90 participants.
We know you enjoyed the game Nerf Nerds. It lasted a short 2-hours but we saw nearly 90 participants.
Contestants furiously accomplishing search games on our touch-friendly LCD interactive screens.
Contestants furiously accomplishing search challenges on our touch-friendly LCD interactive screens.

Every year, NUS Libraries organises the flagship #ERDD to get the NUS community to recognise one amazing advantage of the NUSNET account- its ability to unlock a huge store of knowledge and resources provided by NUS Libraries.

We subscribe to renowned journals, databases, e-newspapers and e-book collections that are not only useful for students, faculty and researchers, but also administrators who need to supplement workplace programmes with data, benchmarks or case studies.

 …one amazing advantage of the NUSNET account- its ability to unlock a huge store of knowledge and resources…

Of course, the e-resources featured at #ERDD are just a glimpse of our rich and varied electronic collection. Lots more are available at our library portal, through the Learning & Research tab.

The NUS community came down in droves to engage the e-resource publishers on their latest tools and offerings.
Up to 19 publishers set up open booths to demonstrate and showcase their tools and services. The NUS community arrived in droves to engage the e-resource publishers.

The two-day event also fulfilled a cause that NUS Libraries cares passionately for. Through the b’Cause Fundraising Sale, we wanted to demonstrate that there is no greater expression of belief in our students than the act of giving.

This year, we received about 13,000 pre-loved books from the NUS community and sold almost 9,500 of them, thus raising a whopping S$13,000. This will be passed on to support the worthy Annual Giving Bursaries driven by our friends at Development Office. Since 2009, NUS Libraries has raised more than S$83,000.

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All this would not have been possible without your strong support: the students, faculty and staff who have supported us with such unstinting generosity. Thank you.

Enthusiastic students and staff browsing for pre-loved books to buy
Enthusiastic students and staff browsing for pre-loved books to buy

Though the next #ERDD will be held next year, we would really love for you to visit us any time you need information resources, or even one-to-one advisory on how to accelerate your work with the most authoritative data. We remain your partners in information!

For more photos of #ERDD, visit our official gallery.

Never far from our hearts

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Singapore lost another great man last night.  The former President,  S R Nathan was a true leader who played many roles, from a diplomat par excellence to one who champions causes for the less privileged.

NUS Libraries bids farewell to a dutiful son of Singapore who never ceased to serve the nation.

Rest in peace, Mr S R Nathan.

The NUS Libraries Family

Never far from our hearts…

S R Nathan was an extraordinary individual, and his wisdom and experience  are unrivaled. Learn about his life, works and passions through these publications available at the NUS Libraries:

  1. S R Nathan in conversation with Timothy Auger. 2015.
  2. S R Nathan : 50 stories from my life. 2013.
  3. An unexpected journey : path to the presidency. 2011.
  4. Winning against the odds : the Labour Research Unit in NTUC’s founding. 2011.
  5. Why am I here? : overcoming hardships of local seafarers. 2010.
  6. Singapore’s foreign policy : beginnings and future. 2008.
  7. A research paper on the nature and extent of work done in Singapore for the welfare of merchant seamen. 1954.

Workshops at your Library: #econsbuddy

econsRTNUS Libraries subscribes to renowned and authoritative databases to help accelerate the university’s learning, research and teaching opportunities. For the next 2 months, we are offering the #econsbuddy series of workshops that will not only help you get the most out of your Library’s extensive resources on global Economics, but also access to eager-beaver librarians who can help you in your coursework.

Here is a glimpse of what you can expect from the #econsbuddy workshops, which will be held at NUS Central Library, Training Room, Level 6:

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Database Date/Time Description Register
Web CEIC Data Manager 26 Aug, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm CEIC Data is a collection of statistical datasets collated from authoritative sources such as international organizations and national statistical agencies. NUS Libraries subscribes to the Global Database and the China Premium Database, India Premium Database and Indonesia Premium Database. The latter databases provide greater granularity, with some series down to city level. Link
EconLit 29 Aug, 9:00 am – 11:00 am EconLit is a database of abstracts produced by the American Economic Association. Documents indexed in EconLit include journal articles, books, dissertations, working papers and book reviews. Coverage of documents start from 1886. Forthcoming
OECD iLibrary 1 Sep, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. It replaced SourceOECD in July 2010. OECD iLibrary also contains content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF). Forthcoming
World Bank eLibrary 1 Sep, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm The World Bank eLibrary contains journals, monographs and papers produced by World Bank staff in the course of the work to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. It is a good (and sometimes only) source of data on a range of topics covering developing countries. Forthcoming

b’Cause — Preview III

With the book fund raising sale coming up soon, let’s take a look at some of the interesting titles you can purchase for reasonably low prices. Do remember that all proceeds are going for a worthy cause to assist students with financial need in NUS!

Since, we’ve just celebrated Singapore’s 51st birthday, let’s take a look at some books for sale that were written by prominent figures in our short history.

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No Dream Too High. National University of Singapore Centennial Everest Expedition 2005. This book is a description of the sheer tenacity and grit a trip to the world’s highest peak requires. Buy this book to learn more about the journey and the challenges this inspirational team faced along the way.

SR Nathan in Conversation. Read about our former president’s thoughts and opinions on a variety of topics; from the importance of Total Defence in Singapore to the value of education and tolerance. This book was based on a series of informal interviews of the 92 year old who is currently recovering from a stroke.

George Yeo’s collection of writing and speeches is an interesting read. The title itself covers three whimsical elements which allude to the wide perspective that he represents; the Bonsai, Banyan and Taoism. It’s an interesting perspective from someone who has had a 23 year long career in Singapore politics.

From ideas to reality is a tribute book to one of Singapore’s founding fathers, Mr. S. Rajaratnam. Having written many books himself on his ideas and vision for Singapore and how he went about putting his plans into action, this book is an inspiring collection of key speeches and articles illustrating his cause and how it became the reality we enjoy today.

Lastly, the book which is a must-read for all Singaporeans, From Third World to First: The Singapore Story. Read about the vital first 3 decades of Singapore’s story from the point of view of Singapore’s Founding Father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. In this book he talks about his widely-debated policies and approaches and follow his journey of Singapore’s quick rise to a first world country.

There are only 3 days left to our Fundraising Sale, which is held in conjunction with ERDD 2016, at Central Library!

Book Review: Big data at Work : Dispelling the Myths, Uncovering the Opportunities

One of the things that struck me about this book is how accessible it is. I had expected it to be a dry treatise on data, data models, databases and such, but Thomas Davenport quickly dispels my preconceived notions by adopting an extremely appreciated conversational tone throughout. In short, Big Data at Work: Dispelling the Myths, Uncovering the Opportunitiesir t deendot 20 l am2 o 1 a 1422168166, despite its ambitious name, reads like a coffee table book. At least, a coffee table book for nerds.

Big data has always been an unfortunate name, lending itself to the sort of questions that cannot be answered. How big is big, for example? Davenport assures that it is not the size that matters- for that is bound to increase in exponential magnitudes- but how we transform data into accurate insights, radical innovations, lean processes and better service to customers.

Some people say that big data is a brand new concept defined by the 3 Vs, volume, velocity and variety. Personally, I disagree. Back when I was tabulating survey scores in the dinosaur spreadsheet application that was Lotus 1-2-3, I had already begun to view data in terms of volume, velocity and variety.

Fact! There is nothing fundamentally new in the way we look at data. Back in the 1970s, big data was known as Decision Support. In the mid 1990s, Business Intelligence came onstage. From 2010 onwards, however, BAM! Big data was born. Held against the 3 Vs, big data is huge (really, really humungous), continuous, and presented in widely differing formats.

While Davenport skims adequately through the technologies, infrastructure and human resources needed for big data to happen, I feel that the book’s most inspiring part is its exposition on the culture that must be built for big data to have any chance of success, at least in an organisation’s initial foray. Davenport distills five essential qualities that drive big data forward.

  1. The first is impatience with the now, and gaining a sense of urgency- an attribute that is most pronounced in technology start-ups, and a challenge to sustain in mature organisations.
  2. The second is to be passionate about innovation and exploration- and these translate to a willingness to experiment as well as to make mistakes.
  3. The third is to accept technology as a source of incredible disruption, especially in a climate of open source sharing.
  4. The fourth is to demand a culture of absolute commitment from the senior management of an organisation to bold, audacious goals.
  5. And the fifth is to adopt an open, non-hierarchical and meritocratic climate, where big ideas can arrive from anyone and anywhere in the organisation.

These qualities might sound like common sense, but requires more than just words to implement. From me, at least, Davenport has succeeded in drawing out a growing enthusiasm to embed the redeeming qualities of a big data culture in my own work.

Grab Davenport’s Big data at Work from the Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library.

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