Connect with Canada Lucky Draw

NUS Libraries is currently hosting an exhibition from the Canadian High Commission. Enjoy the exhibits, connect with the Canadian High Commission, and you could win a Canada-themed prize basket!

The lucky draw will include a basket of Canada-themed prizes, and will be drawn on September 24, 2016. A notification will be sent to the winner’s Facebook message box.

How? Two simple steps:

  1. Like the High Commission of Canada’s Facebook page:
  2.  Post a selfie with your favourite Canada mascot – the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer or the polar bear cubs in the “comment” section of the exhibition’s post – “Come and meet Canada at the National University of Singapore’s Central Library!”. Better yet, tell us what impressed you the most about the exhibit.

Note: All photos must be submitted by midnight of Thursday, September 22, 2016.


Age of Discovery, Chris Kutarna Author Event

The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery. To avoid being torn apart by its stresses, we need to recognise the fact―and gain courage and wisdom from the past. Through the lens of his new book, Age of Discovery, Chris Kutarna shows how to make sense of the many shocks that define the age we live in: from Brexit (which he publicly predicted in the British media) to the 2016 US presidential race to climate change and international terrorism.

Now is the best moment in history to be alive, but humanity has never felt more anxious or divided. Human health, wealth and education are flourishing. Scientific discovery is racing forward. But the same global flows of trade, capital, people and ideas that make gains possible for some people deliver big losses to others―and make us all more vulnerable to one another.

To make sense of present shocks, we need to step back and recognise: we’ve been here before. The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others, likewise redrew all maps of the world, multiplied knowledge and sparked a flourishing of creative achievement. But their world also grappled with the same dark side of rapid change: social division, political extremism, insecurity, pandemics and other unintended consequences of discovery.

Now is the second Renaissance. We can flourish again―if we learn from the first.


Register here to find out more about the new Age of Discovery directly from Chris himself! 

Date: 9 September, 2016, Friday.

Time: 2-4pm

Venue: Central Library Theatrette 2

Age of Discovery


About Chris Kutarna

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Chris Kutarna is a two-time Governor General’s Medalist, a Sauvé Fellow and Commonwealth Scholar, and a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School with a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford. A former consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, then entrepreneur, Chris lived in China for several years and remains a regular op-ed contributor to one of China’s top-ranked news magazines. (He lived in Australia and New Zealand for several years, and still cannot surf.)

Chris is the author of Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance, published globally in 2016. His prior works include the best-selling Globality: Competing with Everyone from Everywhere for Everything (2008), for which Chris was the lead China researcher.

Born on the Canadian Prairies, Chris is, rather incongruously, an avid and accomplished rower and rowing coach. He divides his time between Oxford, Beijing and Regina.

E-Resource Discovery Day 2016

Up to 19 publishers set up open booths to demonstrate and showcase their tools and services.

The E-Resource Discovery Day (#ERDD) and Books for a Cause (b’Cause) Fundraising Sale were a resounding success! If you had visited Level 4 of the Central Library between 25 to 26 August, you might have been treated to a rare sight: a milling crowd of people made up of students, faculty and administrative staff. Not only did our friends have the opportunity to engage directly with e-resource publishers to discover exciting tools and platforms, but also take part in awesome games, an informative quiz and a nail-biting Lucky Draw. 20 lucky students won attractive prizes that ranged from an Apple Watch to a remote-controlled drone.

We know you enjoyed the game Nerf Nerds. It lasted a short 2-hour but we saw nearly 90 participants.
We know you enjoyed the game Nerf Nerds. It lasted a short 2-hours but we saw nearly 90 participants.
Contestants furiously accomplishing search games on our touch-friendly LCD interactive screens.
Contestants furiously accomplishing search challenges on our touch-friendly LCD interactive screens.

Every year, NUS Libraries organises the flagship #ERDD to get the NUS community to recognise one amazing advantage of the NUSNET account- its ability to unlock a huge store of knowledge and resources provided by NUS Libraries.

We subscribe to renowned journals, databases, e-newspapers and e-book collections that are not only useful for students, faculty and researchers, but also administrators who need to supplement workplace programmes with data, benchmarks or case studies.

 …one amazing advantage of the NUSNET account- its ability to unlock a huge store of knowledge and resources…

Of course, the e-resources featured at #ERDD are just a glimpse of our rich and varied electronic collection. Lots more are available at our library portal, through the Learning & Research tab.

The NUS community came down in droves to engage the e-resource publishers on their latest tools and offerings.
Up to 19 publishers set up open booths to demonstrate and showcase their tools and services. The NUS community arrived in droves to engage the e-resource publishers.

The two-day event also fulfilled a cause that NUS Libraries cares passionately for. Through the b’Cause Fundraising Sale, we wanted to demonstrate that there is no greater expression of belief in our students than the act of giving.

This year, we received about 13,000 pre-loved books from the NUS community and sold almost 9,500 of them, thus raising a whopping S$13,000. This will be passed on to support the worthy Annual Giving Bursaries driven by our friends at Development Office. Since 2009, NUS Libraries has raised more than S$83,000.


All this would not have been possible without your strong support: the students, faculty and staff who have supported us with such unstinting generosity. Thank you.

Enthusiastic students and staff browsing for pre-loved books to buy
Enthusiastic students and staff browsing for pre-loved books to buy

Though the next #ERDD will be held next year, we would really love for you to visit us any time you need information resources, or even one-to-one advisory on how to accelerate your work with the most authoritative data. We remain your partners in information!

For more photos of #ERDD, visit our official gallery.

Never far from our hearts


Singapore lost another great man last night.  The former President,  S R Nathan was a true leader who played many roles, from a diplomat par excellence to one who champions causes for the less privileged.

NUS Libraries bids farewell to a dutiful son of Singapore who never ceased to serve the nation.

Rest in peace, Mr S R Nathan.

The NUS Libraries Family

Never far from our hearts…

S R Nathan was an extraordinary individual, and his wisdom and experience  are unrivaled. Learn about his life, works and passions through these publications available at the NUS Libraries:

  1. S R Nathan in conversation with Timothy Auger. 2015.
  2. S R Nathan : 50 stories from my life. 2013.
  3. An unexpected journey : path to the presidency. 2011.
  4. Winning against the odds : the Labour Research Unit in NTUC’s founding. 2011.
  5. Why am I here? : overcoming hardships of local seafarers. 2010.
  6. Singapore’s foreign policy : beginnings and future. 2008.
  7. A research paper on the nature and extent of work done in Singapore for the welfare of merchant seamen. 1954.

Workshops at your Library: #econsbuddy

econsRTNUS Libraries subscribes to renowned and authoritative databases to help accelerate the university’s learning, research and teaching opportunities. For the next 2 months, we are offering the #econsbuddy series of workshops that will not only help you get the most out of your Library’s extensive resources on global Economics, but also access to eager-beaver librarians who can help you in your coursework.

Here is a glimpse of what you can expect from the #econsbuddy workshops, which will be held at NUS Central Library, Training Room, Level 6:


Database Date/Time Description Register
Web CEIC Data Manager 26 Aug, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm CEIC Data is a collection of statistical datasets collated from authoritative sources such as international organizations and national statistical agencies. NUS Libraries subscribes to the Global Database and the China Premium Database, India Premium Database and Indonesia Premium Database. The latter databases provide greater granularity, with some series down to city level. Link
EconLit 29 Aug, 9:00 am – 11:00 am EconLit is a database of abstracts produced by the American Economic Association. Documents indexed in EconLit include journal articles, books, dissertations, working papers and book reviews. Coverage of documents start from 1886. Forthcoming
OECD iLibrary 1 Sep, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s analysis and data. It replaced SourceOECD in July 2010. OECD iLibrary also contains content published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and the International Transport Forum (ITF). Forthcoming
World Bank eLibrary 1 Sep, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm The World Bank eLibrary contains journals, monographs and papers produced by World Bank staff in the course of the work to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. It is a good (and sometimes only) source of data on a range of topics covering developing countries. Forthcoming

b’Cause — Preview III

With the book fund raising sale coming up soon, let’s take a look at some of the interesting titles you can purchase for reasonably low prices. Do remember that all proceeds are going for a worthy cause to assist students with financial need in NUS!

Since, we’ve just celebrated Singapore’s 51st birthday, let’s take a look at some books for sale that were written by prominent figures in our short history.



No Dream Too High. National University of Singapore Centennial Everest Expedition 2005. This book is a description of the sheer tenacity and grit a trip to the world’s highest peak requires. Buy this book to learn more about the journey and the challenges this inspirational team faced along the way.

SR Nathan in Conversation. Read about our former president’s thoughts and opinions on a variety of topics; from the importance of Total Defence in Singapore to the value of education and tolerance. This book was based on a series of informal interviews of the 92 year old who is currently recovering from a stroke.

George Yeo’s collection of writing and speeches is an interesting read. The title itself covers three whimsical elements which allude to the wide perspective that he represents; the Bonsai, Banyan and Taoism. It’s an interesting perspective from someone who has had a 23 year long career in Singapore politics.

From ideas to reality is a tribute book to one of Singapore’s founding fathers, Mr. S. Rajaratnam. Having written many books himself on his ideas and vision for Singapore and how he went about putting his plans into action, this book is an inspiring collection of key speeches and articles illustrating his cause and how it became the reality we enjoy today.

Lastly, the book which is a must-read for all Singaporeans, From Third World to First: The Singapore Story. Read about the vital first 3 decades of Singapore’s story from the point of view of Singapore’s Founding Father, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. In this book he talks about his widely-debated policies and approaches and follow his journey of Singapore’s quick rise to a first world country.

There are only 3 days left to our Fundraising Sale, which is held in conjunction with ERDD 2016, at Central Library!

Book Review: Big data at Work : Dispelling the Myths, Uncovering the Opportunities

One of the things that struck me about this book is how accessible it is. I had expected it to be a dry treatise on data, data models, databases and such, but Thomas Davenport quickly dispels my preconceived notions by adopting an extremely appreciated conversational tone throughout. In short, Big Data at Work: Dispelling the Myths, Uncovering the Opportunitiesir t deendot 20 l am2 o 1 a 1422168166, despite its ambitious name, reads like a coffee table book. At least, a coffee table book for nerds.

Big data has always been an unfortunate name, lending itself to the sort of questions that cannot be answered. How big is big, for example? Davenport assures that it is not the size that matters- for that is bound to increase in exponential magnitudes- but how we transform data into accurate insights, radical innovations, lean processes and better service to customers.

Some people say that big data is a brand new concept defined by the 3 Vs, volume, velocity and variety. Personally, I disagree. Back when I was tabulating survey scores in the dinosaur spreadsheet application that was Lotus 1-2-3, I had already begun to view data in terms of volume, velocity and variety.

Fact! There is nothing fundamentally new in the way we look at data. Back in the 1970s, big data was known as Decision Support. In the mid 1990s, Business Intelligence came onstage. From 2010 onwards, however, BAM! Big data was born. Held against the 3 Vs, big data is huge (really, really humungous), continuous, and presented in widely differing formats.

While Davenport skims adequately through the technologies, infrastructure and human resources needed for big data to happen, I feel that the book’s most inspiring part is its exposition on the culture that must be built for big data to have any chance of success, at least in an organisation’s initial foray. Davenport distills five essential qualities that drive big data forward.

  1. The first is impatience with the now, and gaining a sense of urgency- an attribute that is most pronounced in technology start-ups, and a challenge to sustain in mature organisations.
  2. The second is to be passionate about innovation and exploration- and these translate to a willingness to experiment as well as to make mistakes.
  3. The third is to accept technology as a source of incredible disruption, especially in a climate of open source sharing.
  4. The fourth is to demand a culture of absolute commitment from the senior management of an organisation to bold, audacious goals.
  5. And the fifth is to adopt an open, non-hierarchical and meritocratic climate, where big ideas can arrive from anyone and anywhere in the organisation.

These qualities might sound like common sense, but requires more than just words to implement. From me, at least, Davenport has succeeded in drawing out a growing enthusiasm to embed the redeeming qualities of a big data culture in my own work.

Grab Davenport’s Big data at Work from the Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library.

Researcher Unbound- A Research Journey Enabled by your Library



Like most Library initiatives, Researcher Unbound started from conversations. In this case, the conversations were with the PhD students of NUS School of Business. We realised that though the journey that every PhD student embarks on is an arduous one, we could help make the road ahead a little less bumpy.

The eager beaver librarians of Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library thus designed a series of workshops which cover a range of diverse topics:

  • Inspiration for a good research topic for paper
  • Management of citation and documentation
  • Writing analytically and clearly
  • Identifying the right databases and using them effectively
  • Finding statistics in an infinite pool of data
  • Enhancing career planning and soft skills with a broad range of library resources

Because the PhD journey is understandably hectic, we are offering workshops once a month, starting this semester 2016/2017, so that you can better organise your schedule.

The First Workshop- Orientation

Researcher Unbound kicked off on 3rd August, when we conducted the first workshop (Orientation) for the new intake of Biz PhDs. Besides having loads of fun exploring the library and its collection, students quickly picked up on how to #discoverbetter using FindMore and databases like Business Source Premier. It was also a great opportunity for us to build an enduring friendship with you, one that will likely outlast your stay with us.

Here’s a what you can expect in the Researcher Unbound series:

All PhD students are welcome to these workshops! Note: the topics and case-studies discussed during the workshops will be more business-focused.

If you are interested to register, please contact:


b’Cause — Preview II

With the book fund raising sale coming up soon, let’s take a look at some of the interesting titles you can purchase for reasonably low prices. Do remember that all proceeds are going for a worthy cause to assist students with financial need in NUS!

This week let’s take a look at one of the most popular categories in the Book Sale, fiction!


Here are some selections from the fiction that we’ve collected for sale. The one thing they all have in common is that they all deal with historical characters and the enigmas they represent. Books like those pictured here, often bring you on an incredible journey with their protagonists and are so descriptive you feel the thrill of being on this journey with them.

  • The latest instalment in the Robert Langdon series, Inferno is based off the infamous epic by Dante and real picturesque locations that are associated with it. As with the earlier books, it’s a race against time to figure out the truth and solve the puzzles before it’s too late but this time Dr. Langdon is more personally involved in the plot than ever before.
  • Bring Up the Bodies is a fictional re-telling of the tale of the much-written about Anne Boleyn, introducing a new character to serve on the side of King Henry. Mantel has also been praised for providing an interesting cognitive perspective to the known history of Anne Boleyn.
  • The Guardians of the Covenant is a translated work from Norway dealing with an archaeologist’s dicovery of a viking conspiracy and it’s coverup leading the reader through the sights and sounds of Norway.
  • The Third Secret looks at the church and religion and introduces a conspiracy of a hidden truth/message. It has been compared to Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons and is a piece of fiction that is reputed to be quite balanced in terms of characterisation and pace of the novel.
  • Finally, the Testament is a novel that brings us on a rather familiar journey of discovering an ancient order that was charged with protecting a dangerous secret. The difference would most likely be in that the protagonist now has to follow his father’s footsteps in the Order but he has to discover the truth first. Also, this was written by the author who created the Bourne series.

We hope the titles here have piqued your interest and we hope to see you at the Fundraising Sale (in conjunction with ERDD 2016)  at Central Library!

P.S. If you’re interested in winning some attractive prizes, you might want to check out the ERDD Online Quiz , happening now!

New Library Portal – Faster, Simpler, Liberating

If you haven’t already noticed, our Library Portal has gone through an almost total overhaul, with:

  • intuitive quick links
  • faster access to electronic services
  • consolidated space for library happenings
  • powerful personalisation

And that’s not all. Your indispensable discovery service FindMore, as well as the online library catalogue have been given fresh, modern faces that deliver information in entirely responsive pages. That means you’ll now get your information anytime, anywhere, from any device.

If you want more information on the new Library Portal, we’ve even prepared a Frequently-Asked-Questions page.

Let us know what you think, okay?

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