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The 6th annual NUS Libraries E-Resource Discovery Day (ERDD) took place on Thursday, 29 August at the Central Forum. We had plenty of activities such as quizzes and games to help our students be better acquainted with the E-Resources.


As a pre-event activity, we held a two-week Online Quiz. This year the quiz was tougher as participants were required to score full marks before being eligible for the lucky draw. On the day of the event itself, some of our E-Resource vendors set up booths to promote the use of E-Resources to the NUS community. Over 300 NUS Staff and students participated in the Forum Quiz where they learnt how to do certain tasks of varying difficulty on NUS’ subscribed E-Resources from the vendors and be eligible for the Forum Quiz Lucky Draw.

This year we had a new lunch time event called the New E-Resource Discovery Game Show (NERD). We had 12 participants who went through 1 nail biting group round of a variety of questions to determine our top four who then battled it out in a fastest fingers first race! Everyone walked away a winner that day though! Do check out our winners at the end of this post!


Of course, we had our popular NUS Fund Raising Sale this year from 29 to 30 August. We placed our donation boxes at all the NUS Libraries and encouraged everyone to donate their books that were still in good condition from 23rd May to 5th August, which were then priced and organized into various categories. For our Garage Sale, our items came from some generous colleagues. Some of these items were displayed on a mannequin in NUS Central Library’s lobby. On the days of the sale, most were quite impressed with the variety and the low prices of the books and items in our Fund Raising sale. We also had special offers this year like a tie up with Ben & Jerry’s in giving away a scoop of ice cream to those who spent a certain amount at our sale and flash sales!

We collected a total of $11,500 at the end of the sale. This amount was then given to Annual NUS Giving Bursary Fund, which is a fund dedicated to assisting students with financial needs.  We would like to thank everyone who either donated books and/or came down to purchase books and items for our sale! We hope to see you again at future NUS Libraries events! Do check out our Instagram account (@nuslibraries , #erdd2013)  for photos & videos!

Online Quiz Lucky Draw winners

Prize Winner
1st: iPad mini 16 GB with Wifi (iGroup) Koh Yi-Da David
2nd: iPod Nano (16GB) (UBS) Vivian Tai Huan Fen
3rd: Philips digital wireless headphones and clock radio (Taylor & Francis) Lam Mingjun
4th: S$150 Kinokuniya vouchers (Kinokuniya) Kendrick Okeefe
5th: S$100 Kinokuniya vouchers (Lexis Nexis) Li Xiaoxi
6th: iPod shuffle (Sage) Ting Jun Xiang
7th: Creative D80 Bluetooth Speakers (Proquest) Yuen Wee Siang
8th: Portable mobile charger (One Source) Dr Koh Geok Liang
9th: Wireless mouse (MIMS) Ko Zheng Teng

Forum Quiz Lucky Draw winners

Prize Winner
1st: iPad Wifi 32GB (Elsevier) Le Sy Quoc
2nd: iPad mini 16 GB with Wifi (Ovid) Liao Fang Bo
3rd: iPad Bluetooth keyboard (IEEE) Dang Truong Hoang Ngan
4th: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) (Wiley) Chauhan Jay Mukesh
5th: iPod Nano (EBSCO) Zhu Yi
6th: S$150 Capitaland vouchers (Gale Cengage) Ashiwini Kumao Sham
7th: Carbon Audio Zooka Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (Thomson Reuters) Vu Thi Thuy Trang
8th: Swatch Watch (Springer) Chew Rong Ping, Victoria
9th: S$100 Kinokuniya vouchers (LexisNexis) Sahar Tavakoli
10th: TDK Headphones (ProQuest) Zhou Jieliang

N.E.R.D Game Show winners

Prize Winner
1st: One iPod Nano (16GB) + One iPod Nano WatchBand (Ovid) Shubhabrata Sen
2nd: Nikon Coolpix L610 camera (red; limited edition) (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Wesley Teo
3rd: SkullCandy Hesh earphones (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Chen Jiaying
4th: Seagate 1 TB external desktop hard drive (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Viswam Parthiban
Consolation prizes 5-12: $20 Capitaland Vouchers (participating vendors of ERDD 2013) Shivam BhardwajJimmy Lam MingJun

Vishnukumar VJ

Sravana Kumar

Rishita Changede

Loke Pei Ling Yvonne

Dave Mangindaan

Qin Bin



On 18 September, a naming ceremony was held on level 5 of Central Library at the information desk area. The Reference Room was to be renamed as the Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room, in remembrance of the late Mrs Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt who led the NUS Libraries from 1980 until her retirement in July 1991.

The invited guests include Mr Hochstadt and family, friends of Mrs Hochstadt, retired NUS administrative staff, as well as past and present staff of the NUS Libraries. NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan graced the ocassion and unveiled the plaque together with Mr Hochstadt:

After the speech by University Librarian Ms Sylvia Yap, the guests and staff went into the newly named Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room, and viewed a slideshow about Mrs Hochstadt.

They also discussed and reminisced about some of the titles that were donated by the Hochstadt family, which were on display:

Here is the speech that was given by University Librarian Ms Sylvia Yap:

Good evening, Mr Hochstadt and family members, Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, President of NUS,  Prof Lim Pin, Prof Thumboo, past and present colleagues, and friends.

A very warm welcome to the Central Library.

Thank you for taking time off from your busy schedule to be with us this evening to honor a very special lady. Those of us gathered here, who knew the late Mrs Peggy Hochstadt or Big Boss (BB) as we affectionately called her, will agree that she is someone whom we were privileged to have met on our life’s journey.

She had left us with many treasured memories. We recall the jokes she shared, her tea sessions with new and junior staff, her many interactions with us in Cantonese and the efforts she took to showed us the correct way to write memos, circulars and minutes of meetings. Many colleagues in the Library still remember her honest, sincere and caring personalities very fondly. She was our BB, mentor, colleague and friend.

The Library is her legacy. Her vision was the pivotal first step that placed the NUS Libraries on our trajectory towards excellence.

The late Mrs Peggy Hochstadt joined the university library service in 1960 shortly after graduating from the University of Malaya. From the late 1970s, the planning and building of the new university campus at Kent Ridge were already underway. She contributed actively towards the planning of the new campus, including the design of the new library building; and the subsequent move of the various library collections from their many different locations to the new Kent Ridge campus. During her tenure as Chief Librarian (1978-1990), she saw the university library transform from a traditional card catalogue and print-based library to an innovative hybrid library which still remains a showcase to our Southeast Asian neighbours.

She was one of Singapore’s pioneer and outstanding librarians who had done much for the NUS Libraries and the profession. She was also well respected by all at NUS, not only by her own staff but also by faculty members and her colleagues from other administrative departments. It is therefore timely for us today to recognize a unique, dynamic and well-loved leader, her stewardship of NUS Libraries and her many contributions to building the Singapore library profession.

As a tribute to the late Mrs Peggy Hochstadt–the first Chief Librarian of NUS Libraries–for her dedication to NUS and 31 years of committed service until her retirement in 1991, the Library will be naming this reference room in the Central Library, the Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room, in short, the PH Room in honour of her. PH were the initials she used on all the documents she vetted or forwarded to us for action.

The family also very generously donated a collection of 526 titles to enrich the NUS Libraries’ print collection. The gifted collection can be viewed from our Donors’ Gallery via our Library Portal. Today we have displayed some selected items on tables in the room.

It is with great pleasure that I now invite Prof Tan to unveil the Peggy Wai Chee Leong-Hochstadt Room.

Prof Tan, please.

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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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:

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.



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。









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.






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