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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

WSQ/LAS Level 2 training for Support Bibliographic Control Works

Just received this email alert from LAS:

Dear LAS members

Due to overwhelming demand, LAS is pleased to organize the another run of the WSQ/LAS Level 2 training for Support Bibliographic Control Works on 11 – 13 June 2013.

This 3-day course will be held at Library Training Room, Level 9, Temasek Polytechnic Library (
getting to TP).


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.

Classes will start with a minimum of 12 participants.
Registration will close with maximum of 20 participants.

For information, please contact LAS T&D at

Organized by:
LAS Training & Development Committee

Friday, April 26, 2013

RDA in 10 Easy Steps

Published on Feb 8, 2013

An ALCTS webinar.

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the successor to the cataloging rules, AACR2. RDA completely revamps the structure of the cataloging instructions by closely following the entity-relationship model used to construct databases. However, as complex as these changes are, they can be reduced to ten easy steps. Join in on a walkthrough of the new structure. A demonstration of how a simple book can be cataloged with RDA helps catalogers understand the new structure and makes it easier to navigate RDA and find related instructions for other resources.

Presented on November 7, 2012 by Thomas Brenndorfer

Thursday, April 25, 2013

RDA for the Non-Cataloger - What's in it for You?

This video makes the understanding RDA easier. This is good for cataloger too!

Published on Feb 1, 2013

An ALCTS webinar.

Many libraries will be implementing Resource Description & Access (RDA) early in 2013. What will this mean for technical services and other library staff? How are RDA records different from AACR2 records? This webinar provides a general overview of the changes in RDA, particularly those affecting staff in technical services and those noticeable in the OPAC. No knowledge of current cataloging standards or MARC required! This session does not teach how to catalog with RDA, but it can be a useful foundation for catalogers new to RDA as well as other library staff and administrators.

Presented on October 31, 2012 by Lori Robare.


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Sunday, April 21, 2013


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

----- Anais Nin

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Like to share my reading today:




Full text at:

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Wynn Chan: happy at the deep end

Wynn Chan, my nephew, and his water-polo team from Outram Secondary school, have their photograph shown on first page of Sunday Times last week (7 April 2013). 

It is a great event for him and all the family members!

I just did a google search and here are some of the links:

Happy at the deep end: Outram Sec traces 1st water-polo B Div title to hard work and parents' support

Notes: Wynn is the third boy from the left standing. See photo from the web link


B Div Water Polo: Outram stun 3-time defending champs ACS(I) 6–5 to win historic first title

Wynn Chan (#7) of Outram scored the winning goal to secure his school’s first ever B Division title. The Outram captain scored two goals in the final.

for more details:


The google search "Wynn Chan" "outram secondary"
returned with about 108 results, and here are the first few:
To Wynn, it is the first memorable event in life that is being recorded in newspaper cover page!
I am sure he and his team will create more memories of this kind in their life journey!
A big cheer to Wynn and the Outram Secondary School Water-polo Team!
Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Yvonne Yin's memories of Mrs Margaret Thatcher

Just received the following email message from my friend Yvonne Yin:

The Telegraph, a British newspaper, invited its readers to share their memories, thoughts, etc. re Lady Thatcher. They have kindly published my contribution:

I was a Malaysian secondary schoolgirl in Kuala Lumpur (KL) in 1977 when our trainee teacher asked us to imagine we were interviewing someone who had arrived from the future in a time machine and to compile a list of questions and answers. My question no. 2 was:
Will Mrs. Margaret Thatcher become Prime Minister of Britain?

And the answer I provided was: "Yes, she will. She will steer [the] British economy out of the doldrums and put an end to 'closed shop' unions". (For the record, I have kept my composition book to this day).

Later, in 1979, my father, Jordan Yin, happened to be in England during the General Election campaigning. As he had to return before the election on May 3rd, he drafted a letter to Mrs Thatcher and addressed it to No. 10, Downing Street because "I know this is where you'll be after the election."

I can still remember his scream of surprise and delight when, on 23rd May, barely 3 weeks after the election, he received a handwritten thank-you letter from Mrs Thatcher herself.

Yvonne Yin, Singapore

The URL is here (Just use the find feature in the web browser and search for Yvonne Yin):

What a great link I have from someone who I know for years!

It makes my day!


Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Friday, April 12, 2013

Pop-up book on quotation: INNO HANDS-ON Workshop

Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor
into pleasant tasks.

-- Stanley Baldwin


I like to read and keep quotations, and I just design a course on:

Pop-up book on quotation: INNO HANDS-ON Workshop

I think it is combining information and art and craft skills that make a joyful day for me today!

Here are some contents of the workshop:


How about turning the quotations into pop-up pages that you can read and keep them as a pocket book.

In this workshop, you will learn to design ten pop-up pages with quotations of your choice.

At the end of the workshop, you will acquired the knowledge and skills in quotation searching and understand the the folding used in making paper images pop-up.


click the link to read more about the course:
Pop-up book on quotation: INNO HANDS-ON Workshop


Dexterine Ho Soo Miang

Friday, April 05, 2013

Love what you do

"To be honest with yourself and love what you do: these are the keys to success, according to accomplished entrepreneur and artist Mr Nicholas Tse Ting-fung." He conveyed this message at the inaugural talk of the Asian Leadership Series held at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) on 19 April 2012 :

Inaugural Asian Leadership Series—talk by Nicholas Tse Ting-fung

Here are some information from the web site:
Case study

The Thompson Center for Business Case Studies is currently working on a management case study featuring the Post Production Office Group. The case study will be made available to educators on our website once ready.

Classroom video

The Thompson Center for Business Case Studies has shot a short leadership video featuring Nicholas Tse for classroom use. We hope to make this video available to educators by the summer of 2012.


After viewing the video, I think you will see the other side of Mr Nicholas Tse Ting-fung.

Thursday, April 04, 2013


Today I followed LAS Programmes and Social Committee for a visit to Library@Chinatown.

About Library@Chinatown
library@chinatown officially opened on 31 Jan 2013, by the Acting Minster for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information.

With an total floor area of 1,000 square meters, it is the first themed library on Chinese arts and culture, library@chinatown will offer a curated collection that will cater to both arts and cultural enthusiasts and the general public, who are keen in learning more about Chinese arts and culture.

Date of visit: 04 Apr 2013 (Thur)
Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Meeting point: Outside
#04-12, Chinatown Point for attendance taking first.

4.00pm – Registration with LAS co-ordinator
4.05pm – Guided tour (Estimated an hour including questions and answers)
5pm – End of Event

With the visit and guided tour, I learnt more about the operation of the Library at Chinatown:

* Shelving mostly done by volunteers!
* Programmes are organised by NLB, with volunteer speakers on themes related to Chinese culture and subjects that have some links to the collection
* Only non fiction books for adults in English and Chinese are in the collection. Fiction for adults, is excluded, due to space constraints.
* CD, DVD or any AV media with single volume and single disk is in the collection.  Multiple parts, or multiple disks in one physical unit is hard for circulation control, hence will not be in the collection for the moment. 
* Shelving is in broad call numbers sequence, up to the first 3 digits only.
* Colour coded book labels, discontinued by NLB in late 2012 are  inter-shelved with black and white call numbers labels, adopted by NLB now. 
* All books are acquired and catalogued by NLB, library@chinatown is a circulation point, with a work room of 2 working desks and a pantry area for staff and volunteers.
* All books return via RFID auto scan book drop will be double scanned one at a time to ensure that no mistake occurred in the returning process.
* Officer who is on duties till 9pm will close the library with a passage way created inside the library leading to emergency exit that complied with fire safety requirement.

I visited the library@chinatown a few times, yet, it is not easy to see the way the library is managed. This visit let me see something new and gain some insightful knowledge.

Thanks to LAS Programmes and Social Committee for organising the tour!

Source of information:
Email from

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

LAS/WSQ Level 2 training for Support Bibliographic Control Works

Just received the following email alert from LAS:
Posted: 01 Apr 2013 09:52 PM PDT
LAS is pleased to organize the another run of the WSQ/LAS Level 2 training for Support Bibliographic Control Works  on 7 – 9 May 2013. This 3-day course will be held at Training Room, Level 6, NUS Central Library  (Directions). REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Register at:

This is one of the 5 competency based programmes at entry level ...