• Musings
  • Instant Books

    Word has it that a book lending and returning machine has landed on campus, and will be ready for use very soon. I was inspired to surf the Internet for book dispensing machines, and I found two really cool ones. Monkey’s Paw bookshop at Toronto has a Biblio-Mat machine that dispenses old and curious titles for a mere […]

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  • What a Library Is; What a Library Means

    Quite frequently I see students in the library doing–how should I put this?–non-academic activities. Sleeping is the most common one, and also various online hobbies such as playing WoW (or CoH or other MMORPGs), watching videos (I actually saw a student watching the 1984 television version of the Legend of the Condor Heroes once, which […]

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  • Danger Lurks In Fake USB Chargers

    While USB chargers are a convenient way to recharge our energy draining portable devices, poor quality and inexpensive look-alike chargers may pose a fire and electrical hazard. Recently, a student charging her phone in the Science Library noticed wisps of smoke emerging from her USB Charger. Fortunately, her immediate reaction was to turn off the […]

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  • The Robot Librarian

    Imagine a scene in the future where robots have replaced not all humans but only librarians. Does this not send a chill down your spine? No? Then imagine you are an undergraduate working on your first assignment. After checking the catalogue, you realize that you need a few books. You decide to borrow them, so […]

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  • TNL Likes Her Class

    What does one do to take a break in the middle of semester? TNL audits a class, that’s what. Every Thursday, she takes her afternoon off, sits with a class of 50 students to listen to a lecturer talk about teamwork, transformational leadership, organizational culture and lots of other fun stuff. Horrendous piles of work piled high will weigh heavily over the edge but the […]

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  • I Know What HSSML Librarians Did This Vacation

    Librarians don’t go on vacation. The library is their vacation. So the next question is – got fun, meh? TNL can tell you with a straight-face, nary a single twitch  – “Woo hoooo!!” One of the librarians had to produce a video for HSSML’s 25th anniversary guide. But it ended up with the whole gang and their fingers in […]

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  • Pastel Art in Singapore

    Pastels gives a tactile experience that you can’t get out of watercolors or oils. Pastel Art in Singapore – a book of pastel art works – caught TNL’s eye when she was at the stairs landing on the 6th floor of Central Library. Its jaundiced cover stood out like well… a jaundiced thumb. Looked it up, she did. And […]