NUS Libraries supports OHR Learning Day with books to inspire, empower and support you

In conjunction with OHR’s Learning Day, the NUS Libraries would like to present a selected list of books to help you to put NUS into every decision you make.

Collaboration  –  Work together to  do better and achieve more.

Inspiring Others   –  Empower and  encourage others  towards  well-defined goals with  good communication.

Create Impact  –  Dare to change and have confidence in producing  positive outcomes.

Develop People  –  Be a great  coach and mentor to help others learn and grow.

Craft Solutions  –  Solve problems in proactive and innovative ways.

Enable Organisation Capabilities   –  Create and  coordinate structures, processes and systems to stay relevant now and in the future.


  Collaborate : the art of we / Dan Sanker. San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, c2012.
HSSM Library: HD69 Str.Sa 2012
  Collaboration begins with you : be a silo buster / Ken Blanchard, Jane Ripley, Eunice Parisi-Carew. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015.
HSSM Library: HD66 Bla 2015
  Conscious Collaboration : Re-Thinking The Way We Work Together, For Good / by Ben Emmens. London : Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  Disciplined collaboration : 4 steps to collaborative success / Emmanuel Gobillot. Chatham, Kent : Urbane Publications, 2016.
HSSM Library: HD66 Gob 2016
  Everybody matters : the extraordinary power of caring for your people like family / Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia. UK : Portfolio Penguin, 2015.
HSSM Library: HF5549 Cha 2015
  From me to we : why commercial collaboration will future proof business, leaders and personal success / Janine Garner. Milton, Qld. : John Wiley and Sons Australia, 2015.
HSSM Library: HD69 Str.Ga 2015
  Great teams : 16 things high-performing organizations do differently / Don Yaeger. Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2016].
HSSM Library: HD66 Yae 2016
  HBR’s 10 must reads on collaboration. Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business Review Press, c2013.
HSSM Library: HD69 Str.H 2013
  Smart collaboration : how professionals and their firms succeed by breaking down silos / Heidi Gardner. Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, [2016].
HSSM Library: HD62.65 Gar 2016


Inspiring Others

  The 20% doctrine : how tinkering, goofing off, and breaking the rules at work drive success in business / Ryan Tate. New York, NY : Harper Business, c2012.
HSSM Library: HF5549 Tat 2012
  5 gears : how to be present and productive when there’s never enough time / Jeremie Kubicek, Steve Cockram. Hoboken : Wiley, 2015.
  5-5-5 people leadership : how to bring out the best in your people / Tan Tat Jin.                Singapore : Armour Pub., ©2014.
HSSM Library: HF5549.12 Tan 2014
  Domino : the simplest way to inspire change / Nick Tasler. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2016]
  Never give up : Jack Ma in his own words / edited by Suk Lee and Bob Song. Chicago : Agate/B2, [2016]
HSSM Library: HC426.5 Ma.Ne 2016
  O great one! : a little story about the awesome power of recognition / David Novak with Christa Bourg. New York : Portfolio, [2016]
HSSM Library: HF5549.5 Mot.No 2016
  The storyteller’s secret : how TED speakers and inspirational leaders turn their passion into performance / Carmine Gallo. [Sydney] : St. Martin’s Press, 2016.
HSSM Library: HF5718.22 Gal 2016

Create Impact

  Achieving the impossible : how to overcome challenges and gain success in life, work and sport / Greg Whyte. London : Bantam Press, 2015.
HSSM Library: BF637 Suc.Wh 2015
  Beyond measure : the big impact of small changes / Margaret Heffernan. New York : London : TED Books, Simon & Schuster, [2015]
HSSM Library:  HD58.8 Hef 2015
  Big ideas to big results : leading corporate transformation in a disruptive world / Robert H. Miles, Michael T. Kanazawa. Old Tappan, New Jersey : Pearson Education LTD, [2016].
HSSM Library: HD58.9 Kan 2016
  Bold : how to go big, achieve success, and impact the world / Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler. New York : Simon & Schuster, [2015].
HSSM Library: HB615 Dia 2015
  Conscious business : how to build value through values / Fred Kofman. Boulder, CO : Sounds True, 2013.
HSSM Library: HD60 Kof 2013
  The Harvard Business Review manager’s handbook : the 17 skills leaders need to stand out. Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, [2017].
HSSM Library: HD38.15 Har 2017
  If you really want to change the world : a guide to creating, building, and sustaining breakthrough ventures / Henry Kressel, Norman Winarsky. Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, 2015.
HSSM Library: HD62.5 Kre 2015
  Leading change from the middle : a practical guide to building extraordinary capabilities / Jackson A. Nickerson. Washington D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2014] (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2014)
E-book; HSSM Library: HD58.8 Nic 2014
  The little book of thinking big : aim higher and go further than you ever thought possible / Richard Newton. Chichester : Capstone, 2015.
HSSM Library: BF637 Suc.Ne 2015
  Making change work : how to create behavioural change in organizations to drive impact and ROI / Emma Weber, Patricia Pulliam Phillips, Jack J. Phillips. Philadelphia, PA : Kogan Page, 2016.
HSSM Library: HD58.8 Web 2016
  Managing corporate impacts : co-creating value / Jennifer J. Griffin, The George Washington University, School of Business. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
HSSM Library: HD60 Gri 2016
  Sustainable frontiers : unlocking change through business, leadership and innovation / by Wayne Visser. Sheffield : Greenleaf Publishing, 2015.
HSSM Library: HD60 Vis 2015
  The wisdom of Oz : using personal accountability to succeed in everything you do / Roger Connors and Tom Smith. New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2016.
HSSM Library:  BF637 Suc.Cn 2016

Develop People

  9 powerful practices of really great mentors : how to inspire and motivate anyone / Stephen E. Kohn and Vincent D. O’Connell. Pompton Plains, NJ : The Career Press, Inc., [2015].
HSSM Library: HF5385 Koh 2015
  The coaching manager : developing top talent in business / James M. Hunt, Babson College, Joseph R. Weintraub, Babson College. Los Angeles : SAGE, [2017].
HSSM Library:  HF5385 Hun 2017
  Critical knowledge transfer : tools for managing your company’s deep smarts / Dorothy Leonard, Walter Swap, Gavin Barton. Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, [2015].
HSSM Library: HD30.2 Leo 2015
  The first-time manager / Loren B. Belker, Jim McCormick, and Gary S. Topchik. New York : AMACOM, American Management Association, c2012.
HSSM Library: HF5549 Bel 2012
  Generations at work : managing the clash of boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers in the workplace / Ron Zemke, Claire Raines, Bob Filipczak. New York : American Management Association, 2013.
HSSM Library: HF5549.5 Min.Ze 2013
  HBR guide to leading teams / Mary Shapiro. Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, [2015].
HSSM Library: HD66 Sha 2015
  High potential : how to spot, manage and develop talented people at work / Ian MacRae and Adrian Furnham. London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.
HSSM Library: HF5381 Macr 2014
  Managers as mentors : building partnerships for learning / Chip R. Bell and Marshall Goldsmith. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2013].
HSSM Library: HF5385 Bel 2013
  Modern mentoring / Randy Emelo.  Alexandria, VA : ATD Press, c2015.
HSSM Library: BF637 Men.Em 2015
  The skilled facilitator : a comprehensive resource for consultants, facilitators, managers, trainers, and coaches / Roger M. Schwarz. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2017]
  The thoughtful leader : a model of integrative leadership / Jim Fisher. Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, 2016.
HSSM Library: BF637 Lea.Fi 2016

Craft Solutions

  Creative problem solving. London, United Kingdom : SAGE Publications Ltd., 2015.
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  Doing the right things right : how the effective executive spends time / Laura Stack. Oakland, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2016].
HSSM Library: HD38.2 Sta 2016
  Fail better : design smart mistakes and succeed sooner / Anjali Sastry, Kara Penn. Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, 2014.
HSSM Library: HD30.28 Sas 2014
  Get big things done : the power of connectional intelligence / Erica Dhawan and Saj-nicole Joni. New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
HSSM Library: HC79 Inf.Dh 2015
  The innovator’s solution : creating and sustaining successful growth / Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor. Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, 2013.
HSSM Library: HD53 Chr 2013
  The manager’s dilemma : balancing the inverse equation of increasing demands and shrinking resources / Jesse Sostrin.  New York, NY : Jesse Sostrin Palgrave Macmillan, [2015].
HSSM Library: HF5548.85 Sos 2015
  Managing in the gray : five timeless questions for resolving your hardest problems at work / Joseph L. Badaracco. Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, 2016.
HSSM Library: HD31.2 Bad 2016
  Sprint : how to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days / Jake Knapp ; with John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
HSSM Library: HD30.29 Kna 2016
  That’s not how we do it here! : a story about how organizations rise, fall–and can rise again / John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber. New York : Portfolio/Penguin, [2016].
HSSM Library: HD58.8 Kot 2016


Enable Organisation Capabilities

  Agile innovation : the revolutionary approach to accelerate success, inspire engagement, and ignite creativity / Langdon Morris, Moses Ma, Po Chi Wu. Hoboken, New Jersey : Wiley, 2014.
HSSM Library: HD58.8 Mor 2014
  The agile organization : how to build an innovative, sustainable and resilient business / Linda Holbeche. London : Kogan Page, 2015.
HSSM Library: HD58.8 Hol 2015
  Beyond the lean office : a novel on progressing from lean tools to operational excellence / Kevin J. Duggan. Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, [2016].
HSSM Library: HD58.9 Dug 2016
  Building the fit organization : six core principles for your company stronger, faster, and more competitive / Daniel Markovitz. New York : McGraw-Hill Education, [2016].
HSSM Library: HD58.9 Mar 2016
  Charting Change : A Visual Toolkit for Making Change Stick / by Braden Kelley. New York : Palgrave Macmillan US : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  Destination innovation : HR’s role in charting the course / Patricia M. Buhler. Alexandria, Virginia : Society for Human Resource Management, [2015].
HSSM Library: HF5549 Buh 2015
  The lean book of lean / John A. A. Earley. Chichester, West Sussex, UK : John Wiley & Sons, 2016.
  Learning Agility : The Impact on Recruitment and Retention / by Linda S. Gravett, Sheri A. Caldwell. New York : Palgrave Macmillan US : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  Liftoff : start and sustain successful agile teams / Diana Larsen, Ainsley Nies. Raleigh, North Carolina : The Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2016.
HSSM Library: HD66 Lar 2016
  Making sense of change management : a complete guide to the models, tools and techniques of organizational change / Esther Cameron and Mike Green. London ; Philadelphia, PA : Kogan Page, 2015.
HSSM and YNC Libraries: HD58.8 Cam 2015
  The multicultural mind : unleashing the hidden force for innovation in your organization / David C. Thomas. Oakland : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2016.
HSSM Library: HF5549.5 Min.Th 2016
  Resilient organizations : how to survive, thrive and create  opportunities through crisis and change / Erica Seville. London ; New York : Kogan Page, 2017.
HSSM Library: HD58.8 Sev 2017





Hello, I’m From NUS Libraries: Luo Linyu

The Hello, I’m From NUS Libraries series will take you on a reading cruise featuring eight of our staff members who have been awarded the NUS Quality Service Award. Get to know the people behind your Library and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes.

Meet Luo Linyu

Linyu is a resource librarian at the Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library (HSSML), which primarily serves the NUS School of Business. Aside from the usual duties that librarians do, such as helping users at the Information Desk, online chat, and conducting Information Literacy Programmes, Linyu works very closely with the Business School’s PhD & Research Office. Queries from the faculty and staff are handled by her.

Central to her excellent service is the desire to help people and see them happy. At the same time, she wants to debunk the stereotypical image of the librarian – librarianship comprise many things and they are experts in their respective areas. Linyu herself was trained in International Trade and Business before she did her MSc in Information Studies. She also wants users to understand that the Library has a lot to offer. It is more than a place to borrow and return books.

Friendship, says Aristotle, is a “slowly ripening fruit” and the fruit of Linyu’s perseverance and undeterred dedication in fostering genuine friendships with her working partners outside the Library was borne through the display of trust and willingness to open up on their part. It was, to Linyu, her greatest feat when a senior manager from the Business School invited Linyu to brief the School’s senior management on SciVal[1]. There, the Associate Director expressed her appreciation for Linyu who has been continually rendering assistance to the School. The other department heads, too, found Linyu’s sharing insightful and much-needed by other faculty and staff.

No man is an island and that is certainly what Linyu feels; she would not have been able to achieve so much without help from the people around her. She is particularly grateful to have the NUS Libraries’ Bibliometrics Team and everyone in HSSML especially Lay Tin and Kah Wei, for guiding, supporting and working alongside her.

If you want to know more about what Linyu and other librarians do, feel free to ask or comment below. In the meantime, stay tuned for the next piece in the Hello, I’m from NUS Libraries series!

Linyu will be co-conducting a Researcher Unbound workshop on Marketing databases this March. Interested? Go ahead and click on those links to find out more!

[1] Elsevier’s SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 7,500 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide. As a bibliometric tool, it is commonly used for benchmarking performance, developing collaborative partners and analysing research trends.

Kho Su Yian, Nur Diyana

Researcher Unbound

Whether you are an academic, a researcher or a student working on a research paper, we welcome you onboard Researcher Unbound, a series of workshops which will buoy up your research journey in NUS.

Starting on your research? Have an idea and wonder if anybody else has written on it? Working on your literature search?

Fret not, we are here to help you. Researcher Unbound aims to help researchers like you discover and grasp essential skills such as literature searching, referencing and publishing your research work.

Here is what to be expected in Researcher Unbound:

Find out more about Researcher Unbound and our scheduled workshops at our official site:

Want to know more? Contact our Librarian:

Iftikhar Hayat
NUS Libraries
Tel: 6516-2030

CNY 2017: Spring Couplets in NUS Central Library!

Chinese New Year is round the corner! Thinking of how to add some festive cheer to your home? Come get a set of free spring couplets to brighten your place with some touches of crimson!

The annual Chinese New Year couplets giveaway event will be held on 18 January 2017 (Wednesday) from 12 to 2 p.m. in front of Central Library Theatrette 1. You can get a set of spring couplets with auspicious characters of your choice! Also, watch how our student writers from the NUS Chinese Calligraphy Society produce great pieces of calligraphy with every wave of their brushes.

Click here to see more!

Blog Post By: Wu Guolian

50 Years of Nation Building

Singapore celebrated 50 years of nation building last year.  Through this exhibition by World Scientific, you will learn how Singapore has developed in all areas from food to education and healthcare.

Several NUS researchers and academics were involved in this commemorative series of publications, such as Prof Fwa Tien Fang, who edited “50 Years of Transportation in Singapore”; Prof Hang Chang Chieh, co-editor of “The Singapore Research Story”; Prof B V R Chowdari, co-editor of “50 Years of Material Science in Singapore”; and Profs Lily Kong and Vineeta Sinha, editors of “Food, Foodways and Foodscapes: Culture, Community and Consumption in Post-Colonial Singapore”. Some of these books are available at the exhibit, and can be borrowed.


Also, you can redeem a free e-book from World Scientific! Just scan the QR code from the poster near the shelf to find out how, or go to

The exhibition displays some interesting tidbits of information and memories. There are panels on some of Singapore’s prominent historical figures, such as the previous President Mr S R Nathan and the composer of our national anthem Mr Zubir Said. Read about reminiscences of real hawker food and “mama shops”, or how love of good food can play a part in international diplomacy. Learn about how Yeo Bock Cheng, a Singaporean Peranakan who worked for more than thirty years in the United Nations, was once held at gunpoint and nearly killed.

No matter how well you think you know Singapore, there is bound to be something new you can learn from this exhibition, or from the books highlighted. Do drop by the Arts Buzz at the Central Library, where the exhibition is available for viewing until the end of December.

Tell us what you think of the exhibition in the comments!


Celebrating Open Access Week 2016: Be “Open in Action”


#OpenAccessWeek is here again! Now in its ninth year and taking place from 24 – 30 October, this year’s theme is Open in Action — literally less talking, more doing.

We have these activities all lined up for you:

  • 26 October: Open Access Publishing Talk by Brill [Register for this now]
  • 24 – 30 October: Exhibition on Open Access and Scholarbank@NUS
  • 24 – 30 October: Online Quiz [take part now]

Why Open Access?

Whether you’re a graduate student or researcher, you may find yourself involved in open access one way or another. That’s why a team of eager-beaver librarians have come together to answer some of your most pressing questions on how open access benefits you.

Kash, Librarian and avid xbox gamer. Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library
Kash, Business Librarian and avid xbox gamer.

What is open access?
I get that question a lot. Well, open access is about making your research works available online, free of charge, allowing mostly unrestricted usage. Participating in open access can help to improve the discoverability and visibility of your scholarly works. Also, when you choose to make your works open access, you’re also helping those who may not have the necessary access to academic works.

Raven, Librarian and bling guru
Raven, ELL Librarian and beauty junkie

So, how do I take my first step in open access?
All journeys begin with a single step. There are two main routes of open access- green open access and gold open access. In green open access, you deposit a version of your work in an institutional repository such as ScholarBank@NUS. In gold open access, you pay a fee to publish your article in a journal and make it freely available to everyone.

Iftikhar, Engineering Librarian and cross-training athlete

Never heard of ScholarBank@NUS
Really? Well, it’s NUS’ institutional repository, developed and maintained by NUS Libraries to enable open access to impact lives and for use by future generations.

Umarani, Social Sciences Librarian and Arsenal fanatic
Umarani, Sociology Librarian and Arsenal  supporter

How can I learn more about open access?
Good. You’re hooked. Visit the NUS Libraries Research Support guide, or email with your questions about our institutional repository.

Shu Wen, Pharmacy Librarian and serial cat lover

I want more information!
We hear you! That’s why we frequently partner publishers to organise academic publishing talks. In conjunction with #OpenAccessWeek, we’ve invited Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis from Brill to present on 26 October, 10 a.m. at the Central Library Theatrette 1 about open access in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

That’s not all, check out the Fact vs Fiction section below!

Fact vs Fiction

Open access journals are low quality and are not peer-reviewed. False. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides access to more than 9,000 high quality and peer-reviewed open access journals. The Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database also lists OA journals with impact factors.


Copyright does not exist since open access articles are freely accessible. False. Open access publications are still bound by Creative Commons Licenses which allow you to choose how you can share your works and allow others to use it fairly.


Open access exposes my publication to predatory publishers. True and False. The open access movement has led to some predatory publishers, who exploit authors by charging them publication fees without providing the services that legitimate journals do.

However, not all open access journals are predatory. The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) hosts a list of genuine publishers that you should refer to.

As with all journals, we recommend that you use the ThinkCheckSubmit website to verify the open access publisher you are submitting your papers to.

I can’t choose open access without research funds or grants. False. You can submit to subscription based journals and participate in green open access by depositing a copy of your research output in ScholarBank@NUS based on the publisher’s self-archiving policy.

Note: For gold open access, authors have to pay an article processing fee (APC).

Click here to find out how other universities in Singapore are celebrating International Open Access Week.

Collaboration Space @ Central Library!

Have you visited Central Library since the start of this semester? If you had, you must have noticed something going on at the old quiet reading room on level 4. Gone are the diamond-shaped wooden study clusters where you have to keep your volume down as you go about your self study.


The room has been renovated and re-purposed into an all new Collaboration Space. In this new space, you are encouraged to come in groups to collaborate and let your creative sparks fly! The Collaboration Space is freely accessible to all library users and we are offering several new facilities to help enhance your research and learning.

Research Workstations

There are two research workstations equipped with large high-resolution screens and a variety of specialised software for your academic research and visualization needs. Do note that you will need to make a booking on the NUS Facility Booking System to use these workstations.

Looking for something that can help facilitate your group work and collaboration? You can try booking the research workstation with 65-inch ultra-HD 4K TV. Equipped with multi-touchscreen functionalities, you can now view more of your data entities, get up close and ‘interact’ directly with your research. Might be handy for GIS, social networks, or data-rich topics. The large screens can also be used to organise multiple windows with different content to support sensemaking.

rs_65touchResearch Workstation (65-inch touchscreen)






Alternatively, you may also work independently by booking the workstation with dual 31-inch HD monitors.


rs_dual31Research Workstation (Dual 31-inch screen)






Here are some of the software you can find on the research workstations:

  1. ArcGIS 10.4 for Desktop Advanced
  2. Adobe CS6
  3. QGIS 2.14
  4. SketchUp Make 2016
  5. Tableau 10.0

And many more!

We will also be adding more relevant software to help you in your research in the near future. Just let us know what you need 🙂

NUS students and staff may use the NUS Facility Booking System to book the research workstations. The process is similar that of booking a discussion room in Central Library. The rest of the Collaboration Space and the Collab8 station (for wireless screen-sharing) can be accessed freely without booking.

To learn more about the research workstations and the booking system, feel free to visit our LibGuides or LibFAQ to find out more!

We look forward to seeing you at the Collaboration Space!

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 by 29 September 2016. Please see the poster below for more details.



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NUS World Food Week @ NUS Libraries

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


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


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.

NUS Day of Service 2016
Click here to see full gallery

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

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