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Following the blog article on the 60th anniversary exhibition, the exhibition was launched at 10.30 am on 6 August at Chinese Library exhibition area (Central Library Level 6).

More than 120 participants attended the event, including academic and administrative staff, students and alumni from the Department of Chinese Studies as well as the current and retired staff from the Chinese Library. Our special guests included Professor Wang Gungwu (Chairman of the East Asian Institute), Professor Robbie Goh (Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), and former heads of the Chinese Library.

A photo album of the event is available here.

“国大中文系暨中文图书馆六十周年纪念特展”开张了

经过半年的筹划,中文图书馆和中文系联办“国大中文系暨中文图书馆六十周年纪念特展”于八月六日(星期二)上午十时半在中文图书馆成功地举行了特展开幕式。这个特展是中文系庆祝六十周年的其中一个活动。

逾120位中文系师生、校友、中文图书馆现任职员与退休职员齐聚一堂欢庆这个特别的日子。到场祝贺的特别嘉宾包括东亚研究所主席王赓武教授、国大文学暨社会科学院副院长Robbie Goh教授、国大图书馆馆长叶瑞明女士、南大图书馆前馆长、国大图书馆前代馆长许统义先生、新大中文图书馆前主任林鸿图先生、新大和国大中文图书馆前主任许国华先生、国大中文图书馆前主任李金生先生等等。

在这具有重大纪念意义的时刻,许国华先生特为六十周年庆献上以下两首七言绝诗:

《国大中文图书馆六十周年庆典》有感

〈一〉

身处象新怀念旧,
龙钟外态内心茫,
坎坷风雨回头望,
今日中华喜展扬。

〈二〉
往事如烟淡忘怀,
片柚潘墨起陈思,
翻江倒海情波动,
不觉眼濡神已痴

这个特展将开放到11月30日,欢迎大家抽空参观。

此外,亦特设有六十周年线上纪念特展网站。站内包括中文系与中文图书馆的视频导览、简史与里程一览、资料展书目等等信息,欢迎大家浏览。

 

NUS staff and students at UTown can now borrow books from NUSL Express, a mini “branch library” which is an automated book lending and returning machine. Located at the Education and Resource Center near Starbucks, this library is accessible 24/7. You can now save on time travelling to other libraries, borrow a book from NUSL Express, have a cup of coffee and and contemplate on the book while gazing at the soothing green field.

NUS Libraries is the first academic library in Singapore to have such a fully automated self-service book lending and returning machine. The system is quick and convenient as it is retrieves the exact books requested and updates your loan records immediately after each transaction. A book returned at NUSL Express will be immediately available to the next user. The system is smart enough to recognise and reject returned books that do not belong to NUSL Express.

Only titles that are recommended readings for course modules taught at UTown are available from NUSL Express. Currently, there are more than 200 titles available for loan, although the machine can accommodate up to 500 books. More books will be made available as lecturers add more titles to the list. You can browse or search the titles from the multilingual catalogue displayed on the machine’s screen. Some of the books can be borrowed for 2 hours while others for 2 days (i.e.48 hours). Do check the due date or due time of the books you borrow and ensure that books borrowed from NUSL Express are also returned there. A date or time due slip will be printed for each loan, but this will be eliminated in the future when the system is able to send email messages on each loan transaction.

NUS Libraries

New to NUS?

New to NUS? Come and join our library orientation programmes, and get a headstart with your assignments and projects!

Central Library Programmes

FASS, FOE, SDE & SOC students can join either the hands-on or online sessions, or tours!
• Tours (Reception Desk)
Date: 1, 2, 5, 6, 12 – 16 Aug
10 – 10.45am, 1 – 1.45pm

• Search Skills Training (Training Room, Level 6)
Date: 1, 2, 5, 6, 12 – 16 Aug
Graduate students: 11am – 12.30pm
Undergraduates: 2 – 3.30pm
No registration is required. First come, first-served basis.
• Online (WebEx) session: 11am – 12.30pm
Date: 22 Aug
Look out for announcements on the library portal.

Tour Chinese Library

Library tours from 12 – 23 Aug (except weekends), twice daily at 10 – 11am and 2 – 3pm.
Please meet at the Information Desk of the Chinese Library.

Business School Students

Come to Hon Sui Sen Library for a tour and after that, an information searching session with FindMore@NUSL. No registration is required.
Date: 12 – 16 Aug
Time: 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Meet at the Information Desk of Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library (Level 1).

Discover Science Library

Join us for a hands-on library orientation session cum tour. All are welcome and no registration is required.
Venue: Science Library, Block S6, Level 4, Training Room
Date & Time:
5 Aug (Mon): 11 am – 12 pm
6 Aug (Tue): 12 – 1 pm
13 Aug (Tue): 1 – 2 pm

For enquiries, please contact sclib@nus.edu.sg.

Students from Dentistry, Law, Medical, and Nursing faculties as well as Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music will have pre-arranged visits to the libraries. Do check with your respective departments!

For more information, you may also want to check out the following:

New to NUS guide
Interactive library guide
NUS Libraries’ Facebook page
NUS Libraries’ YouTube page

We wish you a fun and fruitful time at NUS!

Discover HSSML!

With the new term looming, we at Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library (HSSML) are working tirelessly for the upcoming Library Orientation. Although we cater mainly to business students, we welcome students from all faculties to join us. Here are the details:

Discover HSSML!

Date: 12 – 16 August

Tour start: 11am, 12nn and 1 pm

Learn how to search for journal articles, e-books, videos and other resources using FindMore@NUSL after each tour.

No registration is required, meeting point is the information desk of HSSML.

Many staff at HSSML are helping with the HSSML Orientation in one way or another. Here are just two of them:

Su Yian designed the orientation poster and handouts. You’ll find a poster near the Information Desk, which is the starting point for the library tour.

And this is Radah, who pumped dozens of balloons to decorate the entrance of the library to welcome the new students!

New business students, you will become efficient and effective at researching for your assignments, by using the resources that we will show you!

See you next week!

Thevaprakash Goeffrey
Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library

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。

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 2 Canadian dollars.

Bookseller Stephen Fowler was musing about putting his assistant into a box to dispense books when somebody drops a coin, but animator Craig Small decided to convert an old metal locker into a vending machine for the books. Read more about the Biblio-Mat here and watch the video below:

 

 

In the library world, Fullerton Public Library has stocked a vending machine with a capacity for 500 bestsellers. Those with library cards and no outstanding fines can choose from the titles that are currently visible on the racks.

Dubbed the FPL Station due to its proximity to the Fullerton train station, this machine offers access to books 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bibliophiles with no time to visit a brick and motar library, rejoice! Find out more about the FPL Station here.

 

 

NUS  Libraries’ own machine is already on campus, has anyone noticed it yet? We’ll write more about that later!

 

NUS Medical Library’s 3D interactive map is now online.

The 3D Interactive Map is a virtual reality model of the Medical Library. Using 3D technology, it showcases detailed landmarks in different sections of the library, complete with descriptive information and photo images. Visitors can have a real-time experience of exploring the libraries using the interactive features of the map.

Here are some features of the map:

  • Self-navigation using the vantage point of either aerial view or ground view
  • Browsing of landmarks from the landmark directory
  • Landmark search function
  • Ability to select landmarks for a customised virtual tour
  • Availability as an app on App Store for iPads

For details about the 3D map, such as the getting started guide and system requirements, please access our NUS Libraries 3D Tour page.

For feedback and assistance with the map, please email Medical Library at mdlib@nus.edu.sg.

Lee Seok Hong
Medical Library 

 

Calling all Peanuts fans! “Snoopy Features as the Legal Beagle” is now available in the C J Koh Law Library (call no. PN6727 Schu.Sn 2000). This classic comic book is another offering by one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, Charles M. Shultz (1922-2000).

“Isn’t this book meant only for the shelves in a children’s library?” you ask. Peanuts is an all-time favourite and will always appeal to the child in us. But while children get to enjoy the funny drawings and delightful fantasy of Snoopy, adults can lose themselves in the unflinching emotional honesty, sarcastic humour and artistic depth of the comics. As in Shultz’s other works, the contrast between Snoopy’s existence in a dream world and Charlie Brown’s in the real world, which is central to the humour and philosophy of Peanuts, is played out in this series of comic strips.

In this book, the children hire Snoopy as an attorney to resolve disputes with the principal, student council, school library, etc. As his alter ego, Charlie Brown’s pet dog dons a bow-tie and fantasises about being a “world famous attorney”. He randomly spouts legal maxims in response to the children’s concerns but in reality, never solves their problems. For instance, he is involved in several unsuccessful battles for Peppermint Patty with her school. Snoopy often digresses from the issues at hand and is often more preoccupied with thoughts about “John Doe” and “Richard Doe”.

So, make a date with the Legal Beagle and be delightfully entertained by the antics and musings of this well-loved cartoon character.

Lee Su Lin
CJ Koh Law Library

FindMore@NUSL was launched on 12 Dec 2012 and has seen over 340 thousand visits and 1.1 million searches. We have received numerous feedback and are continually improving the system.

Some improvements which we have made include:

  • Adding of new materials, including open-access e-journals and e-book packages
  • More accurate display of content types, especially for e-books
  • Various small tweaks to the interface for usability, such as clarifying of confusing terms
  • Setting up of database and “best bets” recommendations

Some users have suggested that the relevancy ranking can be improved, and this is something we are working on. In the meantime, the statistics we have gathered show that the Book/eBook filter at the results page is used very often. Hence, we have added new radio buttons below the search box:

This helps to save time, as you can now pre-filter the results to only Books or Articles if that is the material type which you need. Of course, you can always use the default “Everything” option.

You can further filter the results by author, as shown at the bottom left corner of the screencapture below:

While this tweak helps, it does not resolve all relevancy ranking issues. You may want to try the recommendations that may appear for better results:

We are planning to release the next major update, FindMore@NUSL version 2.0, in July/August 2013. This upgrade will improve the user interface with the grouping and spotlighting of similar materials such as newspapers articles or reference works. Moreover, the automatic query expansion feature will further improve relevancy ranking by automatically searching for synonyms when appropriate. For example when you search for “heart attack” it will also search for the technical term, Myocardial infarction.

Do continue to let us know your thoughts about FindMore@NUSL as we work to improve it further.

Aaron Tay
FindMore Support Team 

Professor E. P. Ellinger is a Professor Emeritus of the National University of Singapore. In April, C J Koh Law Library put up a display of works by Prof. Ellinger to commemorate his many years of teaching at the NUS Faculty of Law.

Peter Ellinger was born in Vienna, Austria to a Jewish family on 25th April 1933. The family eventually settled in Tel Aviv where he graduated in 1959 with an M. Jur. Degree from Hebrew University (Jerusalem). He started work at the Faculty of Law in Singapore in 1961 and in 1963, he married a Singaporean Chinese lady who was a school teacher.

Prof. Ellinger obtained his doctorate from St. Catherine’s College of Oxford in 1964. His thesis formed the basis of the book Documentary Letter of Credit: A Comparative Study, which was published in 1970 and established Prof. Ellinger’s reputation as a leading scholar in banking law.

He has published a number of books on the subject, including Modern Banking Law (Oxford university Press), The Law and Practice of Documentary Letters of Credit (with Dora Neo) and chapters in Benjamin’s Sales of Goods and Chitty on Contracts, as well as many articles in scholarly periodicals.

In 1967, Prof. Ellinger accepted a chair at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand where he stayed for 10 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia in 1977. In 1986 he rejoined the Faculty of Law in NUS and has remained a well-respected professor and scholar ever since.

We wish Professor Ellinger many years of good health and happiness in his retirement.

Reference:

Neo, D. S. S. (2007). Biography of Peter Ellinger. In D. S. S. Neo, H. W. Tang & M. Y. M. Hor (Eds.), Lives in the Law: Essays in honor of Peter Ellinger, Koh Kheng Lian, Tan Sook Yee. Singapore: NUS, Faculty of Law: Academy Pub.

Bissy Ithack
C J Koh Law Library 

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