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Chinese Studies & Chinese Library 60th Anniversary Exhibition

Happy 60th birthday to the NUS Department of Chinese Studies and Chinese Library!

To mark this event, Chinese Library will be holding an NUS Department of Chinese Studies and Chinese Library 60th Anniversary Exhibition from 6 August to 30 November.

Venue: Chinese Library Exhibition Area (Chinese Library, Level 6)

Please feel free to come and experience the fruitful six decades.

 

热烈庆祝国大中文系暨中文图书馆成立六十周年!

值此大庆,中文图书馆将于2013年8月6日至11月30日开放“承先启后:国大中文系暨中文图书馆六十周年特展”。

地点:中文图书馆展览区(中文图书馆六楼)

我们诚邀老师与同学参观展览,共同分享回忆中文系与中文馆的辉煌六十载。

Results of the Library User Perception Survey Prize Draw

On 25 April 2013, 15 excited students and staff gathered at Central Library Theatrette One. It was the prize presentation ceremony for the Library User Perception Survey Prize Draw!

The 15 winners were randomly selected from the pool of participants of the Library User Perception Survey, held from 7 to 28 March. What made the event even more exciting was everyone knew they had won something. The live draw was for them to see for themselves which prizes they were getting.

The event started off with a welcome message by Deputy University Librarian, Mrs Lee Cheng Ean, who thanked the audience for participating in the Library User Perception Survey. Next, Senior Librarian Aaron Tay shared some highlights from the survey results, including sample comments given by the participants. A write up of the survey results will be published on the Library Survey website shortly.

Finally, it was the moment everyone was waiting for! Anticipation was high as University Librarian, Ms Sylvia Yap started drawing the winners’ names from a glass bowl. The draw started from the fifteenth prize. As more names were being drawn for the prizes, those whose names had not yet been called became more excited, as they would have better chances of winning the top prizes generously sponsored by the library’s partners.

The first prize winner, Ms Sandhya Chintalapati, walked away with an Asus 7 inch tablet, while our second prize winner, Ms Mukta Bansal, won an iPad mini.

After the draw and a quick round of photo-taking, everyone enjoyed a spread of pastries, coffee and tea. Conversation flowed and new friends were made.

We thank the NUS community for participating in the 2013 Library User Perception Survey. We received a total of 6,718 responses, with a response rate of 14.3%.  Your contributions to the survey will help us perform better.  Look out for the summarized results, which will be published later at the Library Survey website.

Congratulations once again to our prize winners:

1st prize (Asus 7 inch tablet 32GB 3G):  Sandhya Chintalapati

2nd prize (iPad mini wi-fi 16GB):  Mukta Bansal

3rd prize (Nikon Coolpix S6400 digital camera):  Tan Ching Yi

4th prize (3M Polarizing light):  Benoit Mayer

5th prize (3M Polarizing light):  Zhou Yong Justin

6th prize (3M Polarizing light):  Jonas Taege

7th prize (Cooler Master power fort 6600mAh):  Elizebeth Mathai Aswathy

8th prize ($100 shopping vouchers):  Lin Xuzheng

9th prize ($100 shopping vouchers):  Tang Ka Fai

10th prize ($100 shopping vouchers):  Lin Hsiao Lei

11th prize ($100 shopping vouchers):  Wong Chun Foong Jovian

12th prize ($100 shopping vouchers):  Zhang Hong

13th prize (Wireless mouse + $50 Kinokuniya vouchers):  Yang Kaymond

14th prize (Wireless mouse + $50 Kinokuniya vouchers):  Yeo Li Xia Amanda

15th prize (Wireless mouse + $50 Kinokuniya vouchers):  Hsu Jung Pu

Library Survey 2013 Team

ArtsBuzz Exhibition: Oiled Impressions & Penmai

Two collections–Oiled Impressions and Penmai–are on display at ArtsBuzz of Central Library, from 4-18 March.

The immediate surrounding has always had an enchanting effect on me, whenever I  pause and take it in. “Oiled Impressions” represents just that collection of moments: moments I took in, moments I yearn to be in, and moments I dream of.  “Penmai” is a collection that is very close to my heart. “Penmai” is the Tamil word for “feminine” and women have always been a source of inspiration for my thoughts. The kindness of a kitchen help, the grace of a dancer, the innocence of a little girl, the love of a grandmother, the labour of a spinach seller, the vivacity of a mother, are just some of my inspirations.

This is my very first exhibition at NUS and I hope you will take a turn around the world through my tinted shades.

Dhanya is a Civil Engineering undergraduate. She comes from Chennai, a South Indian city that has deepened her senses and appreciation of culture and tradition. She has been drawing and painting since she was a child and is discovering herself as an artist, today.

When she isn’t painting, Dhanya is busy training to be an engineer. She enjoys writing, designing clothes, filling her ears with indie music, and chalking plans to change the world. She loves to meet people and can be contacted dhanya91@gmail.com.

Dhanya Balasubramanian
Civil Engineering

蛇年风水讲座观后感

由国大中文图书馆与国大中文系同学会联办的“蛇意洋洋——2013年蛇年世局与十二生肖运势”于2013年2月5日下午4时在国大中央图书馆第一讲堂隆重举行。讲座吸引了许多不同年龄层的学生和职员。不少人还带了纸和笔来,看来大家对蛇年的运程十分关心。

还未开始前,在讲堂外就有很多人在排队登记来听董大师的讲座了。门前放的董大师的书籍也吸引了不少人翻阅。从主持人的一番简短介绍中了解到,董大师不仅会观天象和对风水颇有研究之外,他还是一个作家,是五月诗社的会员,博学的他已经出版20多本术数丛书。另外,他还多次到香港、澳门、尼泊尔等地演讲。主持人介绍完之后,董大师便接过话筒开始了他的演讲。虽然讲座中提及了很多风水相关的专业名词,但是董大师用平白易懂的语言来解释,又附上现实例子,让人很容易明白。而且董大师风趣幽默,使得讲座十分生动有趣,演讲就在愉快的氛围下进行着。不少观众都把重点认真地抄录下来,有的人就直接用手机拍下内容,从大家兴致盎然的表情得知他们对演讲内容是十分感兴趣的。

演讲中董大师提到了今年是“贪狼化忌”之年,会引起人民破财,但是董大师也为大家提出了破解方法——把葫芦放在屋子中央或是放在床底便可以减轻其带来的负面影响。大家都纷纷记下来了。在讲到有关自己生肖的内容的时候,观众更加聚精会神的听了。由于时间关系,生肖运势比较快的带过,但是董大师很细心的建议说如果我们感兴趣的话,可以到他的面簿上查看详情。

到了问答时间,观众十分踊跃的举手问问题,董大师也十分耐心的一一解答。这场长达2个小时的精彩的演讲便在观众中的热烈掌声和满意的笑声中结束了。结束后,许多人都带着满意的表情离开了,但是仍有一群人围着董大师问问题,看来风水对华人来说真的很重要,他们也对风水很关心。十分感谢中文图书馆请来董农政大师为国大学生职员进行精彩的演讲,期待参与更多中文馆举行有趣的活动!

梁启迪
国大中文系同学会成员

Chinese New Year Events @ The Libraries

Chinese New Year (CNY) is around the corner. NUS Libraries wish you a prosperous Year of Snake!

For the months of January and February 2013, we will be organising four celebration events as shown below:

1. CNY Couplets Exhibition (春联展示)
   
28 – 30 Jan (Mon – Wed)
    Chinese Library Level 6

2. CNY Couplets Writing (挥春活动)
   
31 Jan (Thurs), 11am – 2pm
   
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette2

 

3. Feng Shui Talk by Master Dong Nong Zheng (董农政师父风水讲座)
   
5 Feb (Tue), 4pm – 6pm
   
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette1

4. Lantern Riddle Competition  (灯谜竞猜)
   
22 Feb (Fri), 9am – 5pm
   
Chinese Library Level 6

We cordially invite all NUS students and staff to take part in these events and celebrate Chinese New Year with us!

“部落民”日文资料展

 

“部落民”  是日本近世幕藩体制里的贱民,位居社会最下层,他们无论在居住、日常生活、社交活动及职业上都备受歧视。虽然日本政府在明治四年(1871)颁发了“部落解放令”,让他们在法律上和职业上都和其他的平民一样,但身份差别还是存在。因此,部落民为了改善自身的身份地位和生活,争取平等待遇,在“部落解放令”后,发动了无数次的解放部落运动和民权运动,此起彼落。随着社会的进程,近年来在日本有越来越多的社会运动团体和年青的部落民 致力地为部落民争取平等的权益。如全国地域人権運動総連合、部落解放同盟全国連合会、部落解放・人権研究所等。

国大中文图书馆藏有过百种有关“部落民”的日文资料,现于六楼阅览室展示。这一次的展览从十月起至明年三月底,欢迎大家到中文图书馆参观。

Publisher’s Talk on Writing a Journal Article

Writing an academic article can cause anxiety and stress, especially for the uninitiated. One way of constructively handling such fears is to seek advice from the experts, such as publishers or previously published writers.

On the 18th of September, 150 NUS staff and students attended a talk organized by the library. The speaker, Rosalia Garcia, Library Sales & Marketing Director (Asia Pacific) of SAGE Publications, shared with the audience how to write a good and publishable article.

Among the topics she covered were:

  • keys to positive writing experiences
  • what gets published and why
  • importance of selecting the right journal
  • steps involved in preparing your manuscript and writing your article
  • common mistakes in citing references

Based on the feedback received, the audience found the talk to be useful, especially for first-time writers and researchers. Following the talk, the audience was treated to refreshments, courtesy of SAGE.

If you missed attending the talk, do not fret. You can still view the webcast via the following link: http://bit.ly/UugDDa (NUSNET login required). Please log into the NUS WebVPN if you are viewing the webcast from home.

The library organizes such publisher’s talks throughout the year, so do check our library portal or social media channels for upcoming events.

Georgiana Glass
Central Library

ERDD 2012

This year, our E-Resource Discovery Day (ERDD) took place on September 13. There was a mixture of many familiar elements as well as a touch of the new.

As usual, our vendors came to showcase the library’s e-resources. We had a forum quiz in the form of a scavenger hunt with the rewards being a goodie bag and a chance to take part in the lucky draw. We received more than 500 entries for this quiz and it was truly heartening to see so many students and staff engaging with our vendors. We also had an online quiz prior to ERDD day, which garnered over 500 entries! This was definitely the largest number of entries we have ever received!

Even though we decided against having performances this year, we had a game booth during lunch hours. Participants had to throw a dart to qualify for a question. If they answered the question correctly, they would win a prize. The game allowed students to learn about e-resources in a fun way while winning prizes. We gave out more than 180 prizes at the game booth. Apart from learning about the databases and e-journals available in the library, we also took the opportunity to promote our new discovery service, FindMore@NUSL.

Here are the prize winners for the various draws:

Forum Quiz Grand Draw

No. Prize (Sponsor) Winner
1st MacBook 11″ (Elsevier) Zhou Jieliang
(A01056XXX)
2nd iPad (I-Group) Nica Policarpio
(A01020XXX)
3rd Coach bag (CCH) Zhao Xianbo
(A00682XXX)
4th Nikon CoolPix L310 camera (Wiley) Khong Duc Thng
(A00980XXX)
5th iPod Nano (16GB) and watchband (Ovid) Ko Sung Chan
(A01009XXX)
6th Turtle Beach universal amplified stereo gaming headset (Emerald) Lim Mei Eng
(A0094XXX)
7th iPod Touch (8GB) (Sage) Sudarkodi Sukuman
(HT0819XXX)
8th Nintendo Wii console set (UBS) Ng Su Fen
(A00709XXX)
9th Western Digital external portable hard drive, 1TB (EBSCO) Wong Shun Qi
(U0957XXX)
10th Buffalo portable hard drive (Emerald) Loh Sze Sian
(U0911XXX)
11th iPod Nano (8GB) (Alexander Street Press) Wu Gaofeng
(A00755XXX)
12th Waterman pen (ThomsonReuters) Ong Shi Rong
(A00812XXX)
13th $80 Kinokuniya vouchers (Kinokuniya) Ramadoss Karthik
(A00755XXX)

Online Quiz Lucky Draw

No. Prize (Sponsor) Winner
1st One iPod Touch (8GB) with iPod Touch case (IEEE) Pioy Thampipattanakul
(U0917XXX)
2nd S$150 shopping vouchers (Cengage) Chen Jiaying
(A00715XXX)
3rd Fuji Instax Mini 7 (Springer) Koh Sin Yee
(A01058XXX)
4th Waterman pen (ThomsonReuters) Arghya Banerjee
(A00822XXX)
5th Sony MP3 walkman player (4GB) (Emerald) Lee Mia Ching, Dr
(043XXX)
6th Alienware mouse (Emerald) Munirah Bte Alias
(A00838XXX)
7th 3X 500MB USB drive (ProQuest) Han Nuo Min
(A00732XXX)
8th 2 KeepCups (ThomsonReuters) Thng Jing Xiong
(U0958XXX)
9th $40 Kinokuniya vouchers (Kinokuniya) Theodore Willian Salim (A0084XXX)
10th $30 Kinokuniya vouchers (Kinokuniya) Chaw Kar Yan
(A00747XXX)

We would like to thank our vendors for their generous support of the event, and also all students and staff who participated in the quizes. We hope to see you again next year! Until then, do check out our Flickr page for more photos!

Umarani Jayapal
on behalf of the ERDD2012 team

NUS Libraries Fundraising Sale 2012

On September 13 and 14, we had our NUS Libraries Fundraising Book & Garage Sale 2012. As always, this event was held in conjunction with the NUS Libraries E-Resource Discovery Day (ERDD).

This year, we started the collection period in late April, hoping that students and staff will donate their books before the school vacation. Our book donation boxes were dressed in a prominent red and white, and we put up posters with a heartfelt plea for books. This year, we received a steady stream of books right up to the week of ERDD itself, and our collection was much larger than last year’s. We want to specially thank the two families which each contributed several hundreds and thousands of books. We also want to thank the Office of Housing Services which installed book collection points at the various hostels.

For the garage sale, we collected items mainly from our own staff, and received some unusual items as well as a healthy number of CDs, VCDs and DVDs. Given the staggering amount of books and garage sale items, we had to do a lot more pricing and sorting. With previous years’ experiences in mind, we meticulously categorised the books and stored them in batches. Besides having a preview album on Facebook, we also had our very own model to showcase some clothing from the Garage Sale.

On the actual days of the fundraising sale, many students and staff were surprised to find such good books and items at attractive prices. We extended our opening hours to give everybody more time to shop. Our flash sale at the end of the second day was very successful, as we reduced prices in order to sell more items. We gave a 20% discount off the garage sale items and priced the books at five for $2! Many expressed disbelief and immediately called their friends to come down to buy more.

This year, our total collection for both the book and garage sale was $15,000, compared to the $11,000.30 collected last year. On 26 September, NUS Libraries handed over a cheque of $15,000 to the Deputy President (Administration), Mr. Joseph P Mullinix.

The cheque went to the Annual NUS Giving Bursary Fund, which supports NUS students with financial needs. So, it was all for a very worthy cause! We’ll like to say a huge “Thank you” to all who donated their books and items, and those who came and bought, as well as all the library staff who contributed their time and energy! We hope you had good memories of the event and are enjoying your treasured finds! 

Umarani Jayapal
on behalf of the ERDD2012 team

Exhibition at ArtsBuzz: White Nights

Flowers bloom around the clock if the night never gets dark.

From 2-25 October,  Central Library will exhibit a collection of floral paintings called “White Nights”. Why floral paintings? Since I majored in Environmental Biology, I possess the utmost love for all living things and naturally something as beautiful as flowers would represent an theme for my solo exhibition.

“White Nights” is my first solo exhibition at the NUS Central Library and is a tribute to all my friends as an appreciation for their help and support through these years. This floral-themed exhibition lets me share the beauty of nature as seen through my eyes.

I also hope to bring the visual arts to NUS in my own little way and add a little spice to varsity life in the process. “White Nights” gives me an opportunity to express my concept of “visual arts as a universal  language”. The “White Nights” exhibition will be expressed in 4 languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

About the artist

Born in 1990 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Ching Siong studied general art at Page One Academy, and received his B.S. in Life Sciences at NUS in 2012. While at NUS, he absorbed conventional concepts and skills in watercolour and oil media, subsequently forming his own style. He now concentrates on local contemporary art and children’s art. In 2009, he received a world first honor prize from Hong Kong Po Leung Kuk. He is currently a painter and art teacher in Malaysia.

Should you have any queries, please contact Ching Siong at teychingsiong {at} gmail {dot} com.

Tey Ching Siong