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Since 18 September, the Reference Room at Central Library has been renamed the Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room.

Mrs Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt served as the first Chief Librarian of the NUS Library from 1980 till her retirement in July 1991. Mrs Hochstadt was a well-loved leader who was instrumental in the library’s early embrace of information technology. She also made many contributions to the library profession in Singapore.

With the renaming of the room, the location code displayed in the catalogue for Central Library’s reference materials is now “PH Room”:

 
The Hochstadt family has also very generously donated a collection of 526 titles to enrich our libraries’ print collection. Here are just some of the titles:

 

 

For more information about this collection, please visit the Donors’ Gallery.

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新加坡孙中山南洋纪念馆、国大中文系东南亚华人研究群和国大中文图书馆将于2013年9月19日(星期四)下午2时至3时半在中央图书馆四楼第一讲堂联合举办名为“林文庆遇鲁迅:一场悲剧性的邂逅”的讲座。

本讲座邀请南洋理工大学中华语言文化中心特聘高级研究员、厦门大学兼任教授李元瑾博士前来演讲。

李教授会针对1926年9月间南洋儒学运动的主将林文庆与中国五四新文化运动的核心人物鲁迅在厦门大学这一历史性的相遇展开描述,向听众展示林文庆的尊儒精神以及他与鲁迅激烈的思想碰撞与“无可调和”的冲突,以及对这场厦大邂逅的反思和带来的长远影响。

讲座当天我们也会展示图书馆馆藏的李元瑾教授的相关著作。另外,讲座结束后孙中山南洋纪念馆的研究人员带领听众到中文图书馆参观并讲解“林文庆传奇的一生”展览。欢迎国大老师同学们前来参与! 

 

 

Talk: Lim Boon Keng and Lu Xun (in Mandarin) 

Co-organizers: Sun Yat Sun Nanyang Memorial Hall;The Chinese in Southeast Asia Research Group, Department of Chinese Studies;and Chinese Library

Speaker: Prof Lee Guan Kin (Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Chinese Language and Culture, Nanyang Technological University, Visiting Professor at Xiamen University)

Date: 19 September 2013 (Thursday)

Time: 2pm to 3:30pm

Venue: Central Library Theatrette 1 (Level 4)

A guided tour of the “Dr Lim Boon Keng: his life and legacy” will be conducted after the talk.

We welcome NUS staff and students to attend the talk.

Fatally Ever After

Once upon a time, there was a librarian who liked macabre things. She also enjoyed choosing reading materials based on how eye-catching their titles were. One day, she found a book about murder, with a stark white and red cover showing a body impaled by an axe. She began reading the back cover blurb and was gripped with fearsome intrigue.

In “Bloody Murder”, author Michelle Ann Abate explores the act of murder in children’s literature. In case you are wondering, homicide has always been present in children’s fiction. Most of us remember this notorious chant from the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk:

Fee-fi-fo-fum!
I smell the blood of an Englishman.
Be he ‘live, or be he dead,
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.

And the Queen of Hearts’ bloodthirsty cry: Off with their heads!

The fact that there exists the subject classification “Murder–Juvenile fiction” demonstrates the pervasiveness of the homicide theme in children’s literature. Bloody Murder contains a chronological examination of homicide in famous children’s literature from social and political perspectives. For instance, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) was created during the period when public executions created heated debates in England, which makes you wonder if the Queen of Hearts’ infamous line alluded to this issue. In another chapter, Abate examines Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes (1912) by using Cesare Lombroso’s theory of the “born criminal” to compare the features of the killer apes with those of the hero Tarzan. Among other topics, the book also examines the forces that have shaped the current obsession with zombies, murderous beings who are now the undead.

Bloody Murder makes us reconsider our frequent assumption that children’s literature is usually about positive events. Call it a wet blanket or destroyer of innocent dreams, but this book is not meant to recount the happily-ever-afters in children’s fiction. I enjoyed Abate’s attempts in interpreting the various well-known stories from a realistic representation. And for someone who enjoys most things macabre, this book served as a literary appetizer that whetted my interest in gory literature.

Bloody Murder: The Homicide Tradition in Children’s Literature by Michelle Ann Abate is available at the Central Library (PN1009.5 Hom.Ab 2013).

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.

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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 

 

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