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Friday, September 30, 2011

Legal Deposit in Singapore

I just gather the information on Legal deposit for a friend, and thought it maybe useful to other, hence have the following summary with links for anyone who needs a quick reference:

*What is Legal Deposit?

"Legal Deposit is one of the statutory functions of the National Library whereby all works published in Singapore can be collected and preserved to become a part of Singapore's heritage.

The National Library is supported in this role through the provisions of the National Library Board Act (Chapter 197, No. 5 of 1995, Part II Section 10) whereby two copies of every publication published in Singapore, have to be deposited with the National Library within four weeks from the date of publication."

*Sitemap with the following links is extracted from the Legal deposit website

Services for Publishers (Publishers' Login)
About Legal Deposit
About Digital Deposit
About ISBN, ISSN, and ISMN
About CIP
About Donation

Guides/Brochures for users
Related Sites
Contact Info

Terms of Use
Privacy Policy

* Beside fulfilling the legal deposit requirement, it is possible for the author to give more copies to NLB and the details for such donation and guidelines are as follows: 

* Physical Donation: Donor may fill in the form via
Please note the statement from the webpage:
"Unless otherwise arranged between the donor and NLB, we request that the donor would deliver/post the accepted items to:

Gifts & Exchange
National Library Board
Library Supply Centre
No. 3, Changi South Street 2
Xilin Districentre Building B, Level 2
Singapore 486548

* For more information or clarification, please contact the Library Officer, Gifts and Exchange Section at 6546-7275
or email to
Contact Info: For enquiries on donations of library material:
Tel: 6546-7275
Fax: 6546-7262

Hope the above information is helpful!

Dexterine Ho

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bukit Brown Cemetery DIY Tour on 9 and 16 Oct 2011

I just view my facebook and noted there is a DIY tour of Bukit Brown Cemetery, a public event created by Victor Yue at!/event.php?eid=142006435895789

If you have facebook account, you can access the event page and indicate "I am attending" by clicking the button on the top right hand corner!

For those who do not have facebook account, here is the details, hope it helps to pass the information to friends and visitors of this blog who might be interested and make it in time!


Remember your ancestors' day cum DIY Tour

Date and time:
9 Oct (Sun) 16 Oct (Sun) 2011, from 8.30 am to 1 pm

Meeting point:
In front of Bukit Brown Cemetery Gates at Lorong Halwa, off Kheam Hock Road

Steps to find out if your ancestor's graves in Bukit Brown Cemetery:

As Bukit Brown was a government cemetery, there is a burial register kept in the form of microfilm
at the National Archives of Singapore at 1 Canning Rise.

The burial records were written in English and kept in burial sequence from the date of burial from 1922 when Bukit Brown was first opened up to the year 1960. The dates follow the Western Calender

1) First find out your ancestor name that you think could be buried in Bukit Brown. As the burial records are in English the names will have to be in English

2) Find out the date of death. Usually the burial date is a few days after the date of death. If you don’t know the exact death date, you would have to comb through the data which is in running sequence.
Remember there are more than 80,000 burials in Bukit Brown, so the closer you can pin down the date of death, the easier it is to find. Even knowing the month of burial will help.
3) Your ancestors’ families may have published the obituary notice in the English newspapers which include the date of burial and burial place. You can check out using the newspapers archives :

4) Once you have the details of the names and date of death, go down to the National Archives in Canning Rise and ask for the burial register for that particular year.

5) You can find out the burial plot number from the burial register. The last known address of the deceased is also available. Please note that Bukit Brown cemetery is divided into Blocks and Sections.
So you should obtain the Block and Section and the grave no.

With the grave plot no, they can go down to the dates we are going to publicize on “Bukit Brown - Remember your ancestors’ day “ on 9 Oct and 16 Oct from 8.30 am to 1 pm whereby there will be guides there to help them to look for their ancestors

Wear walking shoes and attires. While you look for your ancestors' graves, you can enjoy the beautiful and serene natural greenery and wildlife that few places in Singapore offer now.

Volunteers so far:

9 Oct - Raymond Goh, Charles Goh, Rosalind M Tan
16 Oct - Raymond Goh, Charles Goh, Rosalind M Tan, Charlotte Chu


Source of above information:!/event.php?eid=142006435895789

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Japan's 97-year-old physician educator offers advice for seniors

I just received the following from an email through a good friend and here is my summary with additional info and links after searching the web for supporting sources:

Author/Physician Shigeaki Hinohara

Judit Kawaguchi loves to listen. She is a volunteer counselor and a TV reporter on NHK's "Out & About." Learn more at:

Japan's 97-year-old physician educator offers advice for seniors ~ Japan Times

At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world's longest-serving physicians and educators.

Hinohara's magic touch is legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke's College of Nursing. ...
top medical facility and nursing school.

Today he serves as chairman of the board of trustees at both organizations. Always willing to try new things, he has published around 150 books since his 75th birthday, including "Living Long, Living Good" that has sold more than 1.2 million copies.

As the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life, a quest in which no role model is better than the doctor himself.

Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot.

All people who live long — regardless of nationality, race or gender — share one thing in common: None are overweight.

Always plan ahead.

There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65.

Share what you know.

When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure.

To stay healthy, always take the stairs and carry your own stuff.

My inspiration is Robert Browning's poem "Abt Vogler."

Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it.

Don't be crazy about amassing material things.

Hospitals must be designed and prepared for major disasters, and they must accept every patient who appears at their doors.

Science alone can't cure or help people.

Life is filled with incidents.

Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do.

It's wonderful to live long.

Read the full text and look at the photo of Author/Physician Shigeaki Honorary at

Words to live by
is the series of over 150 stories written by Judit Kawaguchi.

If you find this story inspiring, you may like to read other stories by the same writer to get more inspiration!

Robert Browning's poem "Abt Vogler" in full text is available from:

In the Armstrong Browning Library, the central double window in the Entrance Foyer represents Robert Browning's poem "Abt Vogler" ( and I like the Poetry for Lower Section of Window:

On the earth the broken arcs;
in the heaven a perfect round.

I read the poetry and like Shigeaki Hinohara's comment:

"It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance."

If you like to understand more about Robert Browning's poem "Abt Vogler", just google for more info or visit the following links:

Hope you enjoy reading this summary!


Dexterine Ho

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Singapore History: Research & Resources

Today, I received the following course announcement:
Singapore History: Research & Resources

"NLB Academy is pleased to conduct the seminar "Singapore History: Research & Resources" on 1 & 2 Nov 2011. This two-day seminar is intended as an introduction to handling Singapore reference enquiries or for researchers new to Singapore history.  

The first day will be dedicated to an introduction to Singapore history and includes a visit to the National Museum Singapore’s History Gallery.
With the background from day one, participants will be taken on a brief tour through the various sources of published information available on the second day with a focus on what types of information can be found in these sources and how to use them in your search for the forgotten. "Singapore History: Research & ResourcesI think it is not possible for all who has an interest in Singapore History to attend the two day seminar, and here is something free that may served as a good alternative guide online.
Course Outline:
Day 1
**AM: Singapore history in deeds and print
**PM: A stroll through the Museum

Day 2
**AM: A tour of history sources
**PM: Using sources
**PM: Reading between the lines: interpretations, biases and ‘facts’

Some insight to the Course Outline:

(1) List basic sources(Turnbull, Buckley, Song Ong Siang, Singapore Encyclopedia etc) & their limitations
***(a) overview of basic tools for People, Places, Events
***(b) overview of key resources using layout of Singapore & SEA Collection including references to bibliographies, newspapers, digital resources, infopedia

(2) Outline of Singapore history@ Singapore History Museum

(3) History of LKCRL’s collections– highlights of
***(a) 1823
***(b) 1878 – 1941 (i.e. Logan/Rost, Raffles Collection, MBRAS)
***(c) preservation during the war
***(d) 1950s - separation of Raffles Museum/establishing National Library
***(e) 1960s – SEA Room and its significance, LD (see below)
***(f) 1995 – NLB and its goals
***(g) 2005 – New National Library and its goals, Singapore and SEA Collection
[Refer to bibliography of National Library listing for further readings]
-***** Legal Deposit (LD) – purpose of LD, its functions, print LD, electronic LD, accessibility
-***** Donor Collections - purpose of soliciting donations, importance of primary materials, significant donations made to date.

(4) Other Singapore collections including accessibility issues
***(a) NUS (Singapore/Malaysia Collection)
***(b) National Archives (records vs published)
***(c) other institutions (eg. Religious bodies, clan associations)
***(d) overseas institutions (ie US - CORMOSEA, UK – British Library, Netherlands (Leiden) – for East Indies)
***(e) highlights of new collections ie Donor Collection and emphasis on Singapore heritage both published and records


The above course is useful, yet not many will have the chance of attending it.  Hence, I think the alternative source available online will be a good research guide for those who need the resources from time to time.

I like the following select bibliography by NUS librarians:

I think most of us who like to read Singapore History would like the nostalgic cover page (cover designer: Wong Kah Wei).

The scratch of Singapore River without boat in water colour painting overlayed with a Stamp of Old Singapore River crowded with many bun boats along Boat Quay really reflects the changes of Singapore through our years of Nation Building.

The Internet edition with the copyright date "2002" is compiled and edited by Tim Yap Fuan.

It is "Based on the printed edition published in 1998 compiled by Tim Yap Fuan * Lee Ching Seng * Lee-Wang Cheng Yeng, Ong-Tang Sou Chan * Tham Wai Fong * Vimala Nambiar."

Many of the Librarians who contributed in the printed edition already retired from NUS library.  This select bibliography compiled with their input as NUS librarians make me see the value of librarianship: Work on bibliograhpy etc by librarians are eternal in information dissemination.  The values in their work is beyond their years of service.

Now, let us look at the structure of the select bibliography:
A Sense of History: a select bibliography on the history of Singapore

Table of Contents

Official Records

Parliamentary Records

Books, Chapters-in-Books & Journal Articles
---Landscape & The Physical Environment
---Law, Government & Politics 
---Social Life and Conditions 

*Temasek & Pre-Modern Singapore
*Founding of Modern Singapore, 1819-1826
*Singapore, 1826-1867
*Singapore, 1867-1914
*Singapore, 1914-1941
*Singapore, 1941-1945
---Pre-War Defense Strategy
---The Military Campaign
---The Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945
---The Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945: Personal Accounts

*Singapore, 1945-1955: Aftermath of War
*Singapore, 1955-1965: Self-Government, Merger & Separation 
*Singapore, 1965- : Independence & Nation-Building
---Demography & Population
---Landscape & The Physical Environment
---Labour, Trade Unions & Industrial Relations
---Social Security & Welfare
---Public Health & Healthcare
---Defense & Foreign Affairs
---Law, Government & Politics
---Bureaucracy & The Civil Service
---The Press & Mass Media
---Social Life & Conditions
---Ageing & The Aged
---Culture & The Arts
---Science, Technology & Industrial Research
Chinese Language Materials
Japanese Language Materials

To explore the resources, you may need days and months or years of hard work! 

So, just visit the website and you are on your way to understand the history of Singapore in more depth!


Dexterine Ho

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

By teaching that we teach ourselves

It is by teaching that we teach ourselves,

by relating that we observe,

by affirming that we examine,

by showing that we look,

by writing that we think.

--- Henri Frederic Amiel

Being a Librarian in the first part of my career, I had been asked by many friends and library users the following question:

"You must be reading a lot, hence acquire a lot of knowledge, right?"

I think my ex-library colleague from NIE gave a very good answer in the form of "counter questioning":

"Do you think being a staff at a bank, counting a lot of money every day, makes the banking staff a rich person?"

I think librarian touches a lot of books in the process of work and read a lot of book cover, book spine, call number and contents pages etc... 

Being a librarian in the pass few decades, and now a library trainer and assessor, I may have easy assess to books in many libraries and searched and found useful information in many databases.

Yet all the books and information were irrelevant until I have a need to match the knowledge for some internal or external needs.

In very small way, I read to acquire some information and knowledge to fill my personal quest.

In most of my working hours, I was not acquire in-depth knowledge, but fight against time to  fulfil daunting tasks of find information on behalf of library users.  I learn to acquire the key to information and knowledge.  I hold the key, yet the treasure in the room is not in my possession.

Hence, I search the OPAC, online databases, academic journals and indexes in the book more often and do it much better than general public. 

Being a librarian, the job is to acquire the searching skills and browse many unwanted inform before we find the right one we need for our users.

In the process, we enrich our knowledge of "access to information" and very likely, we can and may deploy it if we have the time for the "knowledge tour" and become knowledgeable in a field of study!

If we are able to do it better than other, we are given the opportunity to teach, hence, "it is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think."


Dexterine Ho

Monday, September 12, 2011

Brilliant Bookcase and Bookshelf

I was searching for "Space saving Interior" and found this site:

Unusually Brilliant Bookcase and Bookshelf Designs

I enjoy visiting libraries in Singapore and overseas, yet, do not have a chance to see this sorts of book shelves!

It gives me lots of ideas for library training and it is great to have some at home!

Maybe, one day, if I learn how do wood work! 

Well that is only a dream...

Dexterine Ho

Monday, September 05, 2011

WSQ/LAS Level 2 training for Support Acquisitions and Serials Work on 4 – 5 October 2011

Here is what I received from LAS Secretary this morning:

Dear members,

LAS is pleased to organize the third run of the WSQ/LAS Level 2 training for Support Acquisitions and Serials Work on 4 – 5 October 2011.

This 2 day course will be held at NTU@OneNorth.


This is one of the 5 competency based programmes at entry level which together form the WSQ Higher Certificate in Library and Information Services.

For more information on the module, please refer to the training page at

Registration will close with maximum of 17 registrants.

Upon successful registration for the training, you will receive a confirmation message & email.
The registration page will also display a message when the class is full. You will not be able to key in personal particulars when this happens.
Organized by:
LAS Training & Development Committee

Source of info:

Email from

Extracted with links added!


Dexterine Ho