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Thursday, May 31, 2012





北岛: 古老的敌意

" 旅居香港的中国诗人作家北岛,其作品被译成超过30种文字,并获得多种国际文学奖和荣誉。他出席香港书展名作家讲座,引用奥地利­诗人里尔克诗句「生活与伟大的作品之间,­总存在着某种古老的敌意」,指作家应离开文化主流,要对自己所处的时代、自己的母语以及­自己「过不去」和「维持紧张关系」,才能创作出好作品。"


Wednesday, May 30, 2012


"示範老師笑容可掬, 讓人覺得做起來, 神清氣爽."

Monday, May 21, 2012

The quality

When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it.

You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.

For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

---- Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011)

I think that is why Apple win the hearts of the users!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Artistic leisure

At time when I like to pursue artistic leisure, I might prefer to be on my own most of the day.

Without exteral interuption, I can buckle down to personal projects and give free rein to my imagination.

Most of my artistic leisure project may not be practical, nevertheless the process of doing it is very enjoyable.

It is quite natural for me to act on the spur of the moment when I have some ideas to explore. If someone is around and I am being questioned on the what, why and how, the flow of the artistic thought will be destroyed and I will feel very frustrated.

I think my water colour teacher and classmates who enjoyed the flow of the strokes in their quiet moment will experience the same. We need to lock some time for ourselves and our work. The union of the soul and creative work have to be in a chamber which is forbidden to other.

Dexterine Ho

Friday, May 18, 2012

You are the window

Better keep yourself clean and bright;

you are the window through which you must see the world.

-- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Playwright

Thoughts lead on to purposes;
purposes go forth in action;
actions form habits;
habits decide character;
and character fixes our destiny.

-- Tyron Edwards (1809-1894)

It is who you are that makes the world the way you see!  If your window is not clean and bright, the day look doom ever it is sunny outside.

Sometime we do not know that our window is not clean and bright, so step out of the house once in a while will make us realise what we see from inside our house is very different from the way we can see from outside.

When you look at a person, you are looking from the perspective of your own window.  You will always have the same view as you cannot avoid the anger that your window lead you to.

Just step out of your own shell and discard your prejudice. You can then see a person in a new light, the one that you always missed when you are viewing from your own window.

Dexterine Ho

Friday, May 04, 2012

REGISTRATION OPENS- LAS WSQ Support General Reference and Enquiry Work (5 - 6 Jun 2012)

Just received the following announcement from Library Association of Singapore (LAS)

LAS is pleased to organize the sixth run of the WSQ/LAS Level 2 training for Support General Reference and Enquiry Work on 5 – 6 Jun 2012.

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

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

Important Note:
  • 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.
  • The course fees are listed here.
  • On enrolment, you are deemed to have committed to both the training and proposed assessment dates.
  • Participants or institutions who wish to withdraw from an enrolled course must submit reason(s) in writing to Where notice of withdrawal is given before the start of the course, an administrative fee of $25 is payable to facilitate the withdrawal from the course.
  • Please view full Terms & Conditions for LAS WSQ Level 2 courses.

For more information on the module, please refer to the training page.
Registration will close with maximum of 17 registrants.

Organized by:
LAS Training & Development Committee


If you’re looking for a list of new RDA MARC 21 tags, the following link from Sally McCallum, Library of Congress, may be of interest to you:

"MARC 21 Updates 9, 10, 11, and 13 include all changes to MARC for use with RDA approved through 2011. The list has been updated to include changes approved in June 2011."

Here are the headings in the update:

Content, Media and Carrier Types and Characteristics

RDA Content Types

RDA Media Types

RDA Carrier Types

RDA Carrier Characterisitcs

Attributes of Names and Resources

New MARC Authority fields for name attributes:

New MARC Authority and Bibliographic fields for work and expression attributes:

Name to resource
Resource to resource
Name to name

Miscellaneous other changes to MARC for RDA

Source of information: