Innova Junior College visits NUS Libraries

On 8 April 2016, NUS Libraries welcomed a group of energetic students and teachers from Innova Junior College. These students are members of the Library Council, an upcoming Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) in their junior college. Our librarians took the students on a tour in Central Library and Chinese Library, taking the opportunity to share with them the range of resources and services that are available in NUS Libraries.


After the tour, everyone gathered at a cosy corner on level 4 of Central Library and exchanged some good pointers on managing library materials and facilities. One of the teachers shared that their library, named Libraria (don’t you just find this name elegant?), is about to undergo a revamp and they hoped to transform their library into one as conducive for their needs as NUS Central Library. Some students also raised their upcoming plans to hold activities in their library and wanted to learn from how NUS Libraries reaches out to faculty staff and students to participate in the various activities at the Libraries. In turn, our librarians shared their experiences and brought up suggestions, which seemed to inspire the young potential ‘librarians’ as they were fervently jotting down notes in their notebooks. Such passion!


It was certainly an enriching experience, not just for the teachers and students of Innova Junior College, but also for our librarians! We wish Innova Junior College all the best and look forward to hearing about their upcoming newly furnished library!


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NUS Libraries wishes you good luck for your exams!

NUS Libraries would like to wish you the best of luck in your upcoming exams! Do note the special arrangements made so you can study longer at NUS Libraries below.


Music Library (16 April – 4 May): 

Mon-Fri: 8am – 8pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 5pm
1 & 2 May (Labour Day holidays): 10am-5pm

You may also want to leave your well-wishes to your fellow muggers in our comments section(s)! 🙂

A Moment in History: Singapore and the 1911 Revolution


The travelling exhibition titled “A Moment in History: Singapore and the 1911 Revolution” is stationed at the NUS Central Library on Level 4 until 31 March 2016. This English-Chinese bilingual exhibition is co-curated by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and Hwa Chong Institution, and brings to life the historical links between Singapore, China and Dr. Sun Yat Sen prior to the success of the 1911 Revolution. More importantly, the exhibition highlights the Prominent Trio, namely Teo Eng Hock, Tan Chor Lam and Lim Nee Soon. The Trio were not only keen supporters of Dr Sun Yat Sen and the revolutionary cause, but also hugely contributed to the welfare of the local Chinese community, especially in education.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a Mandarin talk titled “The Prominent Trio: Singapore and the 1911 Chinese Revolution” will be held at NUS Central Library Theatrette 1 (Level 4) on 31 March 2016 (Thursday) from 12.00pm to 1.30pm. The speaker is Dr. Tan Teng Phee, Curator of Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. This talk is jointly organised by NUS Chinese Library, The Chinese in Southeast Asia Research Group, NUS Department of Chinese Studies and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

Do register for this interesting talk here.



《百年回眸:新加坡与辛亥革命》巡回特展,现于国大中央图书馆四楼展出至2016年3月31日。此巡回展是晚晴园-孙中山南洋纪念馆首次与华侨中学(高中部)的学生共同呈献的展览。学生在馆内研究员的协助下,展开资料收集与文字撰写的工作。展览的内容除了凸出南洋与新加坡对辛亥革命的贡献,也介绍“星洲三杰”张永福、陈楚 楠以及林义顺,在孙中山的革命事业里所扮演的重要角色。

配合此次巡回展,“国大中文图书馆”、“国大中文系东南亚华人研究群” 和“晚晴园—孙中山南洋纪念馆”将于3月31日(星期四)中午12时至下午1时30分联办一场有关新加坡与辛亥革命的专题讲座:“星洲三杰:史料研究与展览叙事”。主讲人是陈丁辉博士(晚晴园-孙中山南洋纪念馆研究员)。



Rounding Up — NUS Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Events (Semester 1, Academic Year 2015/2016)

NUS Libraries supports Green Open Access, one of the two common open access options through which researchers can freely share their scholarly work.

As part of the Library’s continuous efforts to encourage knowledge sharing and open access, our Scholarly Communication team regularly organizes academic publishing talks to support the University in its research initiatives. Here is a summary of the events that have taken place in Semester 1.


1. The changing landscape of the publishing world (26 August 2015) Martijn Roelandse, Manager, Publishing Innovation, Springer

Focusing on the dynamic world of publishing and technology, Martijn first gave an overview of the different stages that the publishing world has evolved into since the 21st century began, such as the increasing pressure on peer reviewers with the ever-increasing submissions for academic publications, and what new forms of peer review have arisen from this. He also explained the role of open access and its impact on the publishing world. Martijn also introduced two new elements that would affect the publishing world ─  the Bookmetrix platform that Springer has developed with Altmetric to provide book and chapter level metrics for book authors, as well as the future of publishing in data sharing or Big Data.


Martijn Roelandse explaining the different types of article metrics


2. How to get your research published internationally: tips and tricks from an academic publisher (17 September 2015) Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis, Business Development Manager Asia, Brill

In this talk, Liesbeth shared some tips and tricks from a publisher’s perspective in turning your PhD into a publication, such as what publishers look for in good publication, and how the publication process, selection, as well as peer review are conducted. She also talked about the differences between publishing your research in a journal and in a book, when each medium would be suitable for your research, and how to do so. Liesbeth also discussed open access options available at the Brill publisher, and even included an ‘A-Z’ list of tips for academic publishing.


3. How to write a publish a paper with Cell Press (19 October 2015) Dr. Bruce Koppelman, Scientific Editor for the Immunity journal, Cell Press

Focusing on the biological and medical sciences, Dr. Koppelman’s presentation was about publishing papers in the scientific fields, including doing so with Cell Press, which publishes biomedical journals. Speaking from the publisher’s perspective, his talk included tips about getting published in these journals, such as writing using the appropriate language in your manuscripts, building your article and what responsibilities and rights you would have as an author.


Dr. Bruce Koppelman explaining to the audience what editors are looking for in good manuscripts


4. Open Access Week 2015— Introduction to open publishing at Taylor & Francis  (21 October 2015) Ms. Wendy Wong, Managing Editor for Science and Technology journals, Taylor & Francis

In conjunction with Open Access Week 2015, Taylor & Francis was one of the two publishers which the Library invited to discuss open access publishing. Wendy presented a detailed overview of open access, including its current global situation and where publishers stand, including the open access publishing options available at Taylor & Francis. She also discussed the opportunities and challenges that open access has presented for both publishers and researchers, and provided some recommendations to help further the open access movement.


Ms. Wendy Wong from Taylor & Francis presenting about open publishing with T&F during OA Week 2015


5. Open Access Week 2015 — Simple guide to writing an article (22 October 2015) Miss Rosalia da Garcia, Executive Director, Consortia/Library Sales and Marketing, SAGE Publications Asia-Pacific

As the other publisher to present on the movement for Open Access Week, Rosalia’s talk first begin with an interesting perspective on the role of social media in open access and how it can help forward the movement. She even shared some interesting developments about the open access movement, such as crowdfunding for academic research, and some trivia about peer review. In the second part, she gave a recommended step-by-step account of the process from writing the article to submitting it to the publisher.



NUS Libraries organizes such talks to help the NUS community in its research endeavors, so do keep a lookout in your emails, our library portal or our social media channels for more of such events!

Raven Sim

NUSL Scholarly Communication Promotion & Publishing Advisory

Japanese Graded Readers (Reberu betsu Nihongo tadoku raiburarī, レベル别日本語多読ライブラリー)

“Japanese Graded Readers” is a series of supplementary reading materials that is edited by the Japan Extensive Reading Association and is targeted specifically at Japanese language learners.

This series is one of the Japanese language readers recommended by the various teaching staff of the Japanese language course offered by the Centre for Language Studies, NUS. The Centre also uses some other volumes of this series as auxiliary teaching materials for their course.

To enable learners of the Japanese language to read Japanese works in various literary genres, the works of this series have been rewritten in simple Japanese. The literary genres include stories, creative works, classics, biographies and more. This series is divided into 5 levels, Level 0 to Level 4. Learners of different levels can select the books based on their levels of proficiency. Every level has a specific standard of vocabulary and grammar. The basic writing and editing rule of this series is to make its contents easily comprehensible to the reader. All the “kanji” (Chinese characters) in the books come with furigana which provide the pronunciations of the “kanji”. Moreover, this series is accompanied by a compact disc that records the reading of its contents. Therefore, even beginners can read the books without having to look up in the dictionary. As readers will be intrigued to read on because the contents are easy to understand, reading becomes a fun thing to do for them. This will motivate them to read even more, and as a result, their Japanese reading ability improves. This is exactly the principal objective of this series – to promote extensive reading.

NUS Chinese Library has “Japanese Graded Readers” (Level 0 – 4):
Reberu betsu Nihongo tadoku raiburarī. Reberu 0 – 4 / kanshū NPO Hōjin Nihongo Tadoku Kenkyūkai. — Tōkyō : Kabushiki Kaisha Asuku, 2012-2015. (PL537 Reb L0 – L4)


Book Reviews on Science Pioneers

In this golden year of jubilee celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday, it is fitting that we take a look at the past history and contributions of the various science pioneers, and their discoveries which have impacted our modern society. Below are some samples of some fitting books you can find at the Science Library.


William Hodson Brock. 2011. The case of the poisonous socks: tales from chemistry. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry [call no. Q180.85 Dis.Br 2011]

poisonous socks


In this book, Brock has written a collection of essays and tales of 42 chemists from the 19th and 20th centuries, which describes their scientific discoveries as well as their beliefs in the advancement of science and education. Find out how, thanks to the expertise of the chemist, Sir William Crookes, you do not find yourself wearing poisonous socks on your feet today. Or how the multi-coloured billiard ball models of atoms in Chemistry teaching came to be, from August Wilhelm von Hofmann’s innovative education techniques. You can also learn about the eccentric donor legacies of Thomas George Hodgkins who may or may not have donated to the wrong institution!

This book shows a different perspective of Chemistry, chemists and the idiosyncrasies within this subject discipline. Written in a light-hearted tone that blends the delight of quirky tales and enlightenment of scientific innovations, it will surely make you more appreciative of chemistry in our daily lives.


Balazs Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai, and Istvan Hargittai. 2014. Great minds: reflections of 111 top scientists. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. [call no. Q141 Har 2014]

great minds


This book is a compilation of conducted interviews of the 111 top scientists of the 20th and 21st centuries by the Hargittais. These notable scientists include 68 Nobel Laureates and they span globally from different nations like United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and Taiwan.

Organised by their specialty (physicists, chemists and biomedical scientists), each interview is prefaced with an illuminating reflection of the scientist. For his interview section, Jean-Marie Lehn laments that “I tried to contradict Freud, but he always won.” Francis Crick, who co-discovered the double helix in 1953 with James Watson, states that “I would stress the right of a person who is incurably ill to terminate his own life.” With these interviews, influential scientists such as Linus Pauling and Roger Penrose have allowed us a peek into their thoughts on their scientific work and life reflections.


Juliana Chan, Grace Chua, Shuzhen Sim, Rebecca Tan. 2015. Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers. Asian Scientist Publishing Pte Ltd. E-book available at

spore pioneers


Bringing the focus back to our local shores, Asian Scientist Publishing has profiled 25 Singaporean scientific pioneers aged 50 and above in this e-book. With grants from the SG50 Celebration Fund and the Nanyang Technological University, this commemorative book was made to celebrate the scientific, engineering, medical and educational achievements in Singapore from the past five decades.

A total number of 18 scientific pioneers come from NUS and their backgrounds range from botany to biochemistry. Even our NUS President, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, is included in this illustrious list! In addition, the prolific Professor Sydney Brenner is among the local scientists as well. He has worked as a trusted advisor to the Singapore government on scientific policy since 1983, and was conferred the inaugural Honorary Citizen Award in 2003. Currently, he is the Senior Fellow at A*Star and holds many senior positions at other established research and education institutes.

To read the individual stories of these scientific pioneers online, you can visit here.

Minuscule Pieces of the Science Library

I love miniatures. Making the bite-size replica of a real-life object unleashes my inner child and allows me to look at the surroundings at a different angle. This time round, I decide to place the spotlight on the prominent (or perhaps forgotten) corners in the library. To all self-proclaimed avid fans of the Science Library out there, how many of these spaces can you recognize here?


Book Drops


Book drops. With their appearances resembling the old English postboxes, these iconic book chutes stand strikingly beside the main entrance. You can “feed” these boxes with the library items that you wish to return (no letters please) but take note of the exceptions.

New Books Corner

“New Books” Corner. Keep a lookout for our newly-purchased titles in this cozy corner. You can also receive regular alerts on the new library titles via MyLINC.


LINC Terminals

LINC terminals. Conveniently located at levels 4 and 5, these LINC PCs come in handy if you are looking for a library item.


Current Journals

Current Journals. Besides the sizeable physical collection of journals in the library, you can locate e-journals in FindMore or LINC. Likewise, look out for the label “Electronic version of this journal available” on the magazine holder to find out if you can view your favourite journal online.


SC Books Room

SC Books Room. Don’t forget our e-book collection as well!


Be sure to drop by these lovely spots the next time you head down to the Science Library. If you’re eagle-eyed enough, you can spot the above miniatures in our library!

Mak Jie Ying

Science Library

Getting Started in the Digital Humanities

This year, NUS Libraries launches two digital humanities projects. These projects are collaborative projects initiated and led by NUS Chinese Library with support from the Digital Humanities Team:

Chinese Clan associations are important nodes in the network of relationships amongst Chinese communities in Singapore. Many Associations were formed to assist early Chinese immigrants since the early 19th century, playing significant roles in the nation’s development and the identities of the communities they serve. This project maps out the distribution of Chinese Clan Associations on a web Geographic Information Systems (GIS) platform. An interactive interface allows users to visualise geographic patterns of dialect clan associations, establishment of clan associations over time, membership sizes of clan associations as well as view indexes of clan associations sorted by kinship, locality, name (Hanyu Pinyin) or year established.

本网站提供关于新加坡华人会馆的信息,不仅包括地缘(乡亲)和血缘(宗亲)会馆的基本信息,如中英文名称、成立年代、会所地址、联络信息、会员人数等,也利用地理信息系统 (Geographic Information Systems, 简称 GIS),提供会馆在新加坡地图中的确实位置,并且有影像提供会馆位置及其周围环境的画面,让使用者能立体地了解会馆。此外,本网站也有多个供研究者参考和使用的索引 (Index), 包括以汉语拼音按所有会馆名称、方言群和地缘 (locality) 会馆名称、姓氏和血缘 (kinship) 会馆名称以及会馆成立年代而编制的索引,以期成为研究者便利的研究工具。




This project presents a collection of mixed media artwork of places of worship by a local artist, Dr Ho Chee Lick from the Department of Chinese Studies in NUS. Plotted on an interactive map with 3D street view, the drawings illustrate Singapore’s multi-religious landscape. For each drawing, we list the names, address, year established, date of sketch as well as relevant literature and websites. An index of drawings has also been compiled.

The first phase (2015) showcases 169 drawings of predominantly Chinese temples and shrines of Buddhism, Taoism, popular religion and sectarian religions from antiquity to contemporary times. In the second phase (2016), we will add 112 drawings which include Islamic mosques, Indian temples, Sikh temples and churches.


本项计划于第一阶段(2015年)主要展示169幅新加坡华人庙宇作品。作品各具特色,涵盖本地佛教、道教及古代至当代的民间宗教信仰的庙宇。2016年,本计划将进入第二阶段,在本网站中加入华人庙宇以外的其他112幅画作,其中包括回教堂、印度庙宇、锡克庙宇以及基督教与天主教教堂 。


Please view the websites with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Singapore celebrates Open Access Week 2015


Open Access Week is upon us in Singapore again and we are gearing up to celebrate this event at NUS together with other local institutions like NTU, SMU and NIE. It has been announced that this year’s theme for the 8th International Open Access Week is “Open for Collaboration”.
For a friendly reminder on what open access is all about, you can watch this cute animated video that explains open access in publishing research work and how it benefits researchers and knowledge dissemination.



So are you ready for what we have in store for you at NUS Libraries and to start collaborating with your peers on open access?

NUS Libraries has organised a simple quiz which will test your knowledge about open access and how NUS Libraries supports this movement. It will be held until 30 Oct 2015 and is open to NUS students and staff, excluding NUS Library staff. So hurry on to the quiz and you may be lucky enough to win an iPod Shuffle or Starbucks vouchers! To enter the quiz, please visit here.

We will also be organising a couple of academic talks conducted by the publishers, Taylor & Francis and SAGE, which will be held on 21 and 22 Oct 2015 respectively. Taylor & Francis will be sending its speaker, Ms Wendy Wong, Managing Editor for Science and Technology journals, for an informative talk at Central Library, Theatrette 1 on 21 October at 10AM. If you want to join this talk, please register at this link.

Next on 22 October, we will have Ms Rosalia Da Garcia from SAGE who will present the talk titled “Simple Guide to Writing a Journal Article”, which covers publishers’ guidelines on journal articles, selecting the right journal to publish in and the various open access options for authors. Ms Garcia is currently the Executive Director, Consortia/Library Sales & Marketing, SAGE Publications Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd, and she is responsible for the strategic direction of the overall SAGE Asia Pacific sales and marketing initiatives. To register for this talk, please visit here.

But that is not all to celebrating Open Access Week – do remember to check out the other related open access events happening in Singapore and around the world! Below are some listed talks and webinars that NUS students and staff may be interested to participate in:

So join us in this annual celebration of open knowledge at NUS Libraries and we hope you will have gained a better understanding of how research work is being distributed and shared with open access, as well as the benefits of open access to researchers.

A random selection of Singapore-focused books in the Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library collection

Koh W. 2015. The Top Toast: Ya Kun and the Singapore Breakfast Tradition (2nd ed.). Singapore: Cengage Learning. [call no. HD2346.12 Koh 2010]


Written by one of our very own Business School professors, the book looks at Ya Kun, a renowned Singapore brand. In addition to tracing the roots and development of Ya Kun from a small coffee shop in Telok Ayer to an Asia-spanning franchise, the book also delves into the organizational structure and culture of the company, provides a SWOT analysis, and looks into the leadership and human resource management of the company.


Chuan A. 2008. Towkay Ho Seh Boh: How to Become a Successful Towkay. Singapore: Rank Books. [call no. HF5349.12 Ah 2008]

This is a whimsical book on how to be successful in business, written in a down-to-earth fashion. Pithy advice is given out in Hokkien, which makes it rather quaint but very shiok (Singlish for feel- good). Some examples, kang lang ma si lang (Workers are humans too), lao sit si pun ji (Honesty is your Capital), and my personal favourite,  liu lian tua liap boh bao chiat (A big durian is not guaranteed to be ripe).



Hon J. 1984. Relatively Speaking. Singapore: Times Books International. [call no. DS599.51 Hon.H]


The book is a biography of Hon Sui Sen, the former Minister of Finance and one of the founding fathers of modern Singapore. Written by the eldest daughter of Mr Hon Sui Sen, the story begins in Balik Pulau, a rural village in Penang where Hon Sui Sen’s grandfather settled after leaving China. It ends with a newspaper article reprint of the building of the Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library to commemorate Hon Sui Sen’s contribution to Singapore after his death. In between, Joan Hon wrote not only about her father, but also about their many relatives and friends.


The many photographs in the book also provide a glimpse into Hon’s public and private life. A bonus is a 1948 photo of a very young Lee Kuan Yew with Hon Sui Sen and Maurice Baker.



NB: All three books are available at the Hon Sui Sen Memorial Library and Central Library.

Kho Su Yian
Business Resource Librarian
110C team

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