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4 New Exciting Library News In 2013 So Far

The new year has barely begun and we have already launched a slew of new initiatives. As always, NUS Libraries is constantly working on improving access to its resources so that “it just works”. These are some of the improvements or changes we have recently made.

1. Final Launch of our new search service, FindMore@NUSL 

It’s finally here. Our all new search service that searches books, ebooks, online journal articles, theses, newspaper articles and more in one search is now the default library search!

Missed our online sessions teaching you how to maximize usage? We have recorded the session.

Do you like FindMore? Or think it needs improvements? We are eager to hear your feedback.

2. Support of Full Text linking in Google Scholar & PubMed

We now support easy access to full-text via Google Scholar & PubMed. This supersedes the older method of using the proxy bookmarklet with Google Scholar, though you can still continue to use that if you wish. 

To set up full text linking in Google Scholar:

1. Go to settings in Google Scholar (on the top right).

2. Go to Library Links and search for NUS , select it and click save.

3. When you do your search, you will now see a “Find it! @NUS Libraries” Link next to it.

This setting will remain as long as you do not clear the browser’s cookies. If you have logged in to your Google Account before doing this, this setting will be tied to your Google account.

See our guides on how to set up and use it, so that you can enjoy seamless access to full-text via NUS Libraries’ subscription while using Google Scholar.

Using PubMed? Enjoy enhanced full-text linking via the new Find it! @NUS Libraries button.

3. EndNote X6 is now available

Are you a fan of the EndNote reference management software? You will be glad to know EndNote X6 is now available for download and installation. Among various improvements in this version, you can now do a export directly from Pubmed.

As usual the installation instructions can be found on our Endnote guide. We’ll be having various training sessions in Feb and Mar 2013 but the hands-on sessions are now fully booked! Do join us for our WebEx (online) session on 5 March if you’re free!

 

4. Online payment for fines and other library charges

You can now pay for library fines and other charges online! For more details refer to our FAQ.

There is still much that can be done and we have more exciting improvements in store for 2013, but if you have any thoughts on areas where we can serve you better, do share with us. Have a good semester ahead!

 Aaron Tay
Central Library

Welcome back seniors!  Here are some of the things about NUS Libraries you might have missed while you were away.

1. Chrome now works with e-resources

Love your Chrome? So do we! That’s why we fixed the issue and you can now use Chrome to access the library’s e-resources. For more information see this blog post

 

 

 

2. FindMore@NUSL: Powerful search service in testing

We recently launched a new Search Service called FindMore@NUSL.  It has a clean, elegant search interface designed to bring back results quickly. Unlike our catalogue, the results include not just books, journal titles, and DVDs but also journal articles, newspaper articles, dissertations and theses (including those from ScholarBank) and more.

We are still testing this new service and adding more material, but it currently has over 160 million items already (compared to about 40+ million in Scopus, which is one of the biggest databases), most of which are available in full-text. Try FindMore@NUSL and give us your feedback so that we can improve it further! 

3. New interactive library guide

In our bid to save trees, we are going digital with most of our guides. Have a look at our new interactive library guide. In particular, check out our dynamic social media page that pulls in feeds from our various social media Accounts.


4. Water dispenser in Medical Library

Another one under the “because you asked for it” department, we now have water dispensers in the Medical Library. 

5. Winners of Moments @ NUS Libraries Photography Contest announced

The inaugural NUS Libraries’ Photography Contest which took place during the vacation drew 70 people and eventually the entry above by Ng Si Han (A00695XXX) was judged the winner by our panel of judges. For more details see this page.  

These are just some of the recent interesting developments we have made. Stay tuned for more!

Tay Chee Hsien Aaron
Central Library

Wiley Online Quiz: We Have a Winner!

Thank you for participating in the Wiley Online Library quiz in April! Over 3200 of you from NUS took part in the quiz and from a total of 16,000 contestants, the lucky winner of an iPad nano is:

 
 
Vaishnavi R. (A0024XXXX) from Duke-NUS Grad Medical School

 
 
 
 
 

For those who did not win this time, don’t give up, try our E-Resource Discovery Day Online Quiz! It runs from now till Sept 11!

 

HSSML celebrates its 25th anniversary with this website filled with pictures from yesteryears.

Included in this guide are also pictures from the photo archive of Mr Hon Sui Sen.

HSSML was built in memory of Mr Hon Sui Sen, former Minister of Finance who played a major role for his contribution to Singapore’s industrial development and banking activities. Mr Hon was not only known for his contribution to Singapore as a top civil servant and senior minister, but also for his unassuming character and modesty.

HSSML opened its doors in 1987 serving the then Faculty of Business Administration.

Since then, the library has expanded its collection, services and space in the direction of  the needs of students and lecturers. Collections have moved from printed books to more electronic resources. Services now include not only face-to-face services but also more online services. Space has grown to include larger reading areas and more discussion rooms.

It has been a long and joyful ride.

Here’s wishing HSSML another 25 years and more! Yay!

 

We invited you to capture moments that make NUS Libraries special to you. The sheer quality and volume of entries that were submitted to the 2012 NUS Libraries’ Photography Competition impressed us all. From candid shots of friends posed against bookshelves, to artistically rendered photos of rain droplets against the library building, we received amazing photos of all sorts, taken in all 7 of our libraries. 70 people took part in the contest, held from May 8-July 6 2012, submitting a total of 177 photos.

Presenting to you, the 3 grand winners:

1st prize: Ng Si Han (A00695XXX) 

2nd prize: Ho Wei Wei Stephanie (028XXX)  
3rd prize: Lim Kim Kiat (A00922XXX)
 

Below are the students and staff who have won merit prizes for their images:

Birgit Ruth Buergi (A00925XXX)
Chen Yi-Hsueh (040XXX)
Chow Tyan Yih (028XXX)
Chua Jia Yao (A00746XXX)
Ho Wei Wei Stephanie (028XXX)
Khaw Yee Jek (A00872XXX)
Kwek Wen Shu (A00734XXX)
Lee Ming Hui Kelvin (A0086XXX)
Lim Chun Jie Eric (A0072XXX)
Lim Kim Kiat (A00922XXX)
Muhammad Yusuf Bin Yacob (041XXX)
Ng Si Han (A00695XXX)
Nimantha Thushan Baranasuriya (A00822XXX)
Teo Ge Wei (A00858XXX)
Vinay Swaroop Balla (042XXX)
Wong Kian Hoe Charles (042XXX)
Wong Weng Fai (068XXX)
Zhang Hao (A00656XXX)

Well done, and thank you for your active participation! Click here to view the entire set of winning entries. Or, view all contest submissions here.

(Updated to add) We will be holding exhibitions for all the winning entries at the following locations:

Music Library: 6 – 12 Aug

Central Library: 13 – 24 Aug

Science Library: 27 Aug – 2 Sept

U Town: 3 – 16 Sept

 

Georgiana Glass
Central Library

NUS Libraries’ Photography Competition 2012
Theme: Moments @ NUS Libraries
Period of Contest: May 8-July 6, 2012

If you are an avid photography fan, here’s your chance to show us your talent. Take part in NUS Libraries’ Photography Competition 2012! The task? Capture Moments @ NUS Libraries in your snapshots! Whether you are inspired by the colours of book spines on rows of shelves, library building structures and facades, or the smiling face of a library staff at the counter, we want to see your impressions of NUS Libraries, captured in photos.

The winning entries will be exhibited at various libraries and University Town over a period of 6 weeks. Read on for more details about the contest, as well as its rules and regulations. We look forward to seeing your masterpieces!

Categories
The subject of your photographs should always be NUS Libraries and photographers have to submit shots that fall into any three of the categories listed below. The examples included in parentheses are merely suggestions. Participants are encouraged to interpret these categories in a novel and creative manner.

  • Architecture (facades of library buildings, internal structures, etc.)
  • People (service staff at work, people chatting, etc.)
  • Facilities/Services (book drop, loans service, PerkPoint, Chat Point, etc.)
  • Resources/Technology (book shelves, books, AV materials, Music scores, computers, etc.)

Do note the following: work areas, offices and photocopying facilities are off-limits. Permission must be sought from human subjects and photo-taking must not disrupt the work processes of library staff.

Prizes

Grand Prize $200 CapitaLand Mall vouchers
2nd Prize $150 CapitaLand Mall vouchers
3rd Prize $100 CapitaLand Mall vouchers
20 Merit Prizes $20 CapitaLand Mall vouchers each


Click here to find out more! Please email Gerrie Kow (askalib@nus.edu.sg) to register for the competition.

We Have a Winner!

Thank you for participating in the Taylor & Francis Online quiz in February!

Over 900 of you took part in the quiz and the lucky winner of the iPad 2 is:


Name: Wang X. Y.
Faculty: School of Computing
Matric #:  HT0603XXX

 

For those who did not win this time, don’t give up, here’s another quiz for you! Using Wiley Online Library, simply answer eight questions related to article searching and be entered into a lucky draw to win exciting prizes! Find out more about a useful resource and enter a lucky draw at the same time! Quiz ends on May 11.

Find out more about the quiz here.

Gerrie Kow
Central Library

Photo Exhibition: Secrets

This exhibition showcases the winning works of residents of Sheares Hall in our annual Intra-Hall Photography Competition, organised by the Sheares Hall Photographic Committee. This year’s entries were shot to the theme, Secrets. Participants were presented with the challenge of capturing and portraying intrigue and mystery in what is unseen, unheard and unspoken in everyday life. Judged on creativity, composition and relevance, the competition bought out the best of our photographers in depicting what would otherwise be concealed.

The exhibition period is until 14 March.

Tam Tze Siang
Sheares Hall

We Have Moved!

In October 2011, Medical Library wrote a blog post before moving to new premises.

We are glad to announce that we have successfully moved to level 5 of the Centre for Translational Medicine (M6). Here are two photos capturing the the move:

The new Medical Library consists mainly of the book collection, reading area, two small discussion rooms, a 30-seat training room and a main discussion room with movable furniture.

We officially opened our doors on 19 December with the collections properly shelved and services resumed. Within minutes of our opening, excited students started streaming into the new library, even though it was still semester break! Here are some of the early birds who visited us on our opening day:

 

 

Reading Area Opens 24/7

Since 9 January this year, our main reading area is open 24 hours daily for NUS staff and students only. During library closing time, all users are required to take their belongings and exit via the library’s main entrance, then re-enter the reading area through the card access door. This allows our library staff to re-open the reading area on time.

After normal library operation hours, staff  and students are required to tap their NUS staff or student cards on the card readers at the side glass door when entering and exiting. When the library is open, all users enter and exit via the main entrance.

Do drop by the new Medical Library if you have not done so! By the way, we are having a Newbie Special on our Foursquare page. First time check-ins will be able to unlock the specials and claim a little gift from us. For more details, please refer to our Facebook page. See you around!

Chew Shu Wen
Medical Library

Please note that electricity supply to Central Library may be disrupted on Sunday 19 Feb 2012 between 8.00 am to 10.00 am due to testing of the emergency electric  power generator.

Electricity supply in Central Library may surge or fluctuate during the test.  As a precaution, please do not use the electricity power points in the library building during this period as the power surge may damage sensitive equipment.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

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