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Friday, April 13, 2012

What Makes a Librarian

This was the first of a series of discussions that LAS planned for librarians, so that we can had dialogue on issues close to our hearts.

“What Makes a Librarian?”

Date:  Friday, 13 Apr 2012
Time:  6:00-8:30pm
Venue:  The Pod, National Library Building

What Makes a Librarian?

CEO NLB Mrs Elaine Ng shared her views on the qualities that distinguish librarians from other professions. I think I agreed with her that the way recorded information moved from printed source and toward interactive mode on Internet via Social Media, and the primary learning method shifted from printed text to media mode or interactive mode is something challenging the Librarian in the future!

Mr Choy Fatt Cheong shared from CISPIN (Committee on Information Studies Programmes and Industry Needs) report the views on the attributes and competencies of a library and information professional.

Mr Gene Tan, President LAS, shared his experience at the PPM/LAS confernenc in Malacca, and the opportunities for professional growth and development through Singapore hosting of the World Library and Information Congress by IFLA in 2013.  The Singapore Memory Project

We will also take the opportunity to recognise our fellow professionals who have been certified under the Professional Development Scheme.

Beside the senior librarians from NLB, Academic Libraries and other libriaries, many young librarians also shared their views on "What you think makes a librarian?" – a critical and yet ageless question for our profession.

I enjoy an evening of networking and discussions with fellow librarians and info professionals:

6:00pm    Registration and Networking (please be seated by 6:30pm)
6:30pm    Opening by emcee
6:35pm    Opening speech by GOH, Mrs Elaine Ng, NLB CEO
6:45pm    Presentation of LAS PDS certs
6:55pm    Speech by Mr Choy Fatt Cheong, University Librarian, NTU
7:10pm    Audience discussion
7:40pm    Speech by Mr Gene Tan, LAS President
7:55pm    Lucky draw

Lucky winner received a gift voucher from Gene Tan, President of LAS

The official sharing events ended with a lucky draw, and I am one of the lucky winner who received a Kinokoniya book voucher!  All the joys were reflected on my face when I received the gift from Gene!

Thanks Gene, Thanks LAS!

Updated and revised on 8 Feb 2013

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