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On Men and Memes

There’s something about wheels that men find irresistible. But not all wheels, only those that move fast and turn heads. 

Just the other day, I read about a man on wheels who was making news on the Net. He’s not a testosterone-fueled teenager, but what society will euphemistically refer to as an older person. And a professor at that.

Prof Tom Winter was zipping around the University of Nebraska campus on his skateboard when a student took a photo of him in action. According to Know your meme, the photo first appeared on Reddit and then various websites, before turning viral. The local newspaper, JournalStar, even ran an article on him.

So what’s that got to do with the library? Well, the library is holding a meme contest until 15 April, and I decided to use Prof Winter as my inspiration:

Of course, you can use any meme generator and any image to create a library-related meme. The best meme as voted on the Facebook page will win! Remember to check out the details of the contest here. (Editor’s note: Oops sorry, do check out the judging criteria plus rules and regulations, as popularity is not a guarantee).

P.S.: If you’re hungry for fame, then be like Prof Winter and do something meme-worthy. Just don’t wait 20 years for someone to take a photo of you.

Seminar on Southeast Asian Chinese

Chinese Library cordially invites all NUS students and staff to attend the event below:

Seminar on Southeast Asian Chinese

Date   : 30 March 2012 (Friday)
Time   : 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Central Library Theatrette 2, Level 4

Agenda of the event:

  • Talk on Overseas Chinese in Singapore and the Fujian Incident in 1933
    新加坡华侨与福建事变
    Speaker: Matsuno Yumi (松野友美), Master student of the University of Tsukuba, Japan

 

  • Talk on Chinese publications in Sabah
    沙巴华人资料分享
    Speaker: Dr. Sim Chuin Peng (沈俊平博士), Head of the NUS Chinese Library

This event is co-organised by the NUS Chinese Library and the Southeast Asian Chinese Research Group from the Department of Chinese Studies. The event will be conducted in Mandarin.

For details, please refer to the poster.

Foursquare @ Music Library

The Foursquare campaign at Music Library was held from 13 Jan to 29 Feb 2012. In order to redeem a small token gift (NUS Libraries stapler), users had to “check in” using the Foursquare application on their smart phones four times during the qualifying period. The contest was open to NUS students and staff only.

Users had to show their Loyalty Special screen to the staff at the Information Desk in order to redeem their prize.

The campaign was a success, as it increased the number of users of check-in at Music Library daily. A total of 87 check-ins were made from 13 Jan to 29 Feb, as compared to 6 check-ins over the same period the year before. This is a significant increase of 93%. In total, the prize was unlocked 12 times. This means that there were 12 instances where the students came to Music Library and checked-in over 4 days.

We thank all users for their participation and support in the Foursquare promotion.

Statistical Databases: Find Out More

TNL supposes that nothing is worse than working with statistics.

But she is told that nothing beats the nightmare of FINDING statistics you want.

 

So the old girl and her colleagues are having a little online session where you can find out more about statistical database such as International Financial Statistics, World Development Indicators, CEIC Data Manager, etc.

 

The webinar allows you to “attend” the session by clicking a link we send you. We will meet in the virtual room to explore the mysteries of statistical databases.

The online (Webex) session will be on:

Date: 22 Mar 2012

Time: 1-2:30pm

Register online

 

Clinic Sessions for Engineering Students

Nothing beats the flexibility of coming to a library session, get a head-start on your project and leave without having to worry about time or rushing for your next class.

That’s what the librarians wanted 1st Year Engineering students of EG1413 (Critical Thinking and Writing module) to have when they developed the 3-hour clinic sessions.

So for 2 days, from 9am-12nn and from 1-4pm, students came into the clinic sessions and left after their questions were answered.

 

 

 

 

 
  
 
 
 

Some stayed on for the whole hog.  It was very much on-the-fly based entirely on topics or questions posed by the students. And boy, was there ever a deluge of questions.

Students wrote their topics or questions on yellow 3-by-5s (old cataloguing cards) and passed it to the librarian.  The librarian would then show how to search and retrieve the articles based on the topics.

Some topics were similar – social media and privacy, social media and the Singapore political landscape, social media and how it affects teens or the elderly, social media and intellectual property violations, etc. These were grouped and search techniques were taught.

 

More than 80 students attended the 2 clinic sessions. At any one point in a session,  there were at least 15-20 students in the class.

It was not just a matter of searching for articles.

Some had topics in mind that were kind of hazy. Some had started reading and found interesting patterns and trends but did not know what to make of it. The librarians guided them to see how headlines, keyword summaries, Subject Terms, etc could guide them in scoping or framing their topic, making it easier for them to manage the deluge of information or a run-away topic.

Differences in the types of information retrieved from the databases Business Source Premier, Communication and Mass Media Complete and Factiva were also demonstrated with the students’ topics.

Those who had to leave gave their email addresses on the yellow cards so that the librarian could email them after the clinic sessions.

2012年2月3日下午3点到5点,国大中文图书馆以及中文学会文学组邀请董农政师父在中央图书馆第一讲堂举办了“容光焕发——龙年世局与十二生肖运势”的风水讲座。活动得到了老师同学们的热烈响应,现场大概有50人左右登记并出席了讲座。

董农政师父以其幽默博学著称,在新加坡文坛也是颇具有影响力的大师。讲座还没有开始,就有师生向董师父请教风水的问题,可见董师父非常受欢迎。

虽然我对于风水的很多专业术语不甚了解,但是,董师父平白易懂的语言让人很快就接受,并且中途有不少互动环节。让人最关心的当然是各个生肖在龙年的运程了。董师父从财运、健康、事业、感情等角度给大家做出了详细的分析。比如,生肖为马的我,在龙年正财、偏财极佳,有异国人士给我带来好运。那么我就期待在我以后的学业中遇上贵人吧。我之前只是听说有风水师这样一门科学,阿里巴巴的CEO马云也信风水;现在看来,还是很符合我目前的状况的,于是特意加了董师父的Facebook,继续关注了解。

互动阶段,现场气氛甚是活跃。我也提了一个问题:信风水和信宗教是否会有冲突。董师父微笑的说不会,人们一说到风水,经常把它和道教联系起来,认为风水就是道教里面的理论;但实则不是,道教只是融合了一些风水这样一门独立科学的内容。这也消除了我信风水的后顾之忧。

最后,由中文图书馆馆长沈俊平博士为董师父颁发纪念品,整个活动完满结束。期待董师父明年的精彩讲座。

 

罗璇
国大中文学会文学组组长

EndNote X5 Sessions in February

From 20-24 & 29 February, we’ll be conducting training sessions for EndNote X5. There will be five sessions of hands-on training, as well as a clinic and a WebEx online session.

EndNote X5 is a bibliographic management software that:

  • stores and organizes citations found from many sources into your own library of citations
  • inserts the citations into a Word document as in-text citation and bibliography
  • automatically formats your citations to your preferred citation style (APA 6th, MLA, IEEE etc.), and much more!

The hands-on sessions will get you started on integrating EndNote into your research workflow so you can produce your papers and theses more efficiently. The WebEx session allows you to participate in the training from the comfort of your home, while the clinic is meant for advanced/Mac users who need troubleshooting for their EndNote issues.

Please install EndNote X5 into your own PCs, laptops and Macs at least one day before the sessions. For problems with installation, please contact IT Care.

Do check out the dates for the sessions and register online!

EndNote Team
NUS Libraries

2012年新春的脚步正在悄悄走近。中文图书馆处处可见的新年装饰和摆设,让沉浸在书海的同学老师们也能感受到龙年到来的喜庆祥和气氛!

在这一喜庆节日里,写春联、贴春联是绝不可缺的华人传统习俗。为此,国大中文图书馆和中文学会书法组再次携手合作,于2012年1月12日(星期四)上午10点至下午2点,在中央图书馆第二讲堂前举办挥春及春联放送活动。

与往年一样,书法组同学受邀到现场挥毫展墨,以笔墨为情、书香为礼,为国大人送去了浓浓的新春祝福。随着中午休息时分的到来,前来观看挥春及索取春联的学生与职员更是络绎不绝。与此同时,我们也另外准备了一张桌子让饶有兴致的观众亲自上阵,一展挥春风采。大家都将对新一年的美好祝愿倾注于浓浓墨香之中,忙得不亦乐乎。今年挥春活动所收到的反响比往年更加热烈。在四个小时内,我们送出了将近120幅春联和50张“福”、“春”、“幸福美满”等等吉祥话语,让大家带回家张贴在家门前,或者散布于校园各个角落去。此外,中文图书馆也搭起一小型春联作品展览供大家欣赏,并在另一角展示一桌子有关春联书法名帖的图书供大家翻阅。

在二月初,中文图书馆还有两场龙年庆祝活动,希望大家继续关注并踊跃参与。活动详情如下:

•        董农政师父风水讲座

时间:2012年2月3日(星期五)下午3点至5点
地点:中央图书馆四楼第一讲堂

•       猜灯谜比赛

时间:2012年2月6日上午9点至下午5点
地点:中文图书馆六楼

在此顺祝大家龙年大吉、身体安康!

袁野
国大图书馆馆员

Chinese New Year is around the corner. For the months of January and February 2012, we will be organising four events as shown below:

 

1. Spring Couplets Display (春联展示)
9-11 Jan 2012 (Mon – Wed)
Chinese Library Level 6

 

2. Spring Couplets Writing (挥春活动)
12 Jan 2012 (Thurs), 10am-2pm
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette2

 

3. Feng Shui Talk by Master Dong Nong Zheng (董农政师父风水讲座)
3 Feb 2012 (Fri), 3pm-5pm
Central Library Level 4 Theatrette1

 

4. Lantern Riddle Competition  (灯谜竞猜)
6 Feb 2012 (Mon), 9am-5pm
Chinese Library Level 6

 

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

For the two events of Spring Couplets Writing and Feng Shui Talk by Master Dong Nong Zheng, further details can be found from the two posters below:

 

 

A warm welcome to NUS, and Happy New Year!

Central Library is organising orientation talks and tours for new students on 11 and 13 January:

 

 

During the talk, you’ll find out about the services and facilities of the library, and we’ll reveal how you can search our catalogue and databases more efficiently. We’ll also show how you can get hold of full-text journal articles and past year exam papers, among other things. For the tours, we’ll be walking you around the Central Library and showing you our collections and facilities.

You can come for both a talk and tour, or just either of them. We trust that with the nuggets of information, you’ll be able to breeze through your assignments more rapidly, and get better grades too! See you there! 

 

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