Cataloguing of Books in the Department Resource Room


In June 2010, a group of students embarked on a project to catalogue the books in the Philosophy Department’s Resource Room (AS3/0523), working under the direction of Dr. Loy Hui-Chieh and the co-ordination of Ms. Rosna Buang. The books, accumulated over many years, were in a mess. It was extremely difficult to find a volume that one wanted; and that’s assuming that one actually knew if the book existed in the collection. For these and other reasons, the Resource Room gradually fell into a state of disuse.

For the project, the volunteers—Tan Li Ling, Yuen Ming De, Yap Zi Wei, Lim Chong Ming, Sulastri, Sooty Heng, and Asuka Fuji—systematically re-tagged and re-arranged the books in the Resource Room according to their subjects. They also entered the information of the books into an online catalogue, utilizing the services provided by LibraryThing. The volunteers were armed with laptops, music and face-masks (due to the dust)—and eventually reinforced by pizza—worked for five days to complete the work.

You can now browse the online catalogue by clicking on the link in the widget on the right sidebar. The collection is highly eclectic on account of the way it came together over many years and should not be taken as exactly representative of the current faculty’s research interest (or so Dr. Loy told us). But nonetheless, it is a very interesting collection containing many read-worthy titles. Students who wish to borrow any book from the Resource Room should contact Anjana, the Department’s Management Assistant Officer, during office hours.

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