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BiblioAsia is a free quarterly publication produced by the National Library Board. It features articles on the history, culture and heritage of Singapore within the larger Asian context, and has a strong focus on the collections and services of the National Library.

BiblioAsia is distributed to local and international libraries, academic institutions, government ministries and agencies, as well as members of the public. The PDF versions of BiblioAsia are available at: http://www.nlb.gov.sg/Browse/ BiblioAsia.aspx

Editorial Team

Francis Dorai: Managing Editor

Francis Dorai has chalked up over 25 years in publishing, both as writer and editor in a broad range of media. The National Library is his current pit stop, after having worked with The Straits Times, Insight Guides, Berlitz Publishing, Financial Times Business and Editions Didier Millet. He prefers to stay behind the scenes, shaping both copy as well as design, and attributes the success of BiblioAsia to the excellent team of contributors who find the time to write in spite of their heavy workloads.

Veronica Chee: Editor

Veronica Chee is a Senior Librarian with the National Library, Singapore, and the editor of BiblioAsia.  Her responsibilities include editing Infopedia articles and managing ad-hoc book projects. Veronica started out as a librarian at the Marine Parade Branch Library and fondly remembers manning the reference counter and conducting children’s programmes.

Contributors

Ang Seow Leng

Ang Seow Leng is a Senior Librarian with the National Library, Singapore. Her responsibilities include managing the Singapore & Southeast Asian Collection, developing content as well as providing reference and research services related to Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Gracie Lee

Gracie Lee is a Senior Librarian with the National Library, Singapore. She works with the Rare Materials Collection, and her research areas are in colonial administration and Singapore’s publishing history. She was previously involved in the development of the digitised newspaper portal, NewspaperSG, and the management of the ephemera collection.

Lee Meiyu

Meiyu is a Librarian with the National Library, Singapore, and works with the Singapore & Southeast Asian Collection. Her research interests include Singapore’s Chinese community. She is co-author of Money by Mail to China: Dreams and Struggles of Early Migrants (2012) and ROOTS: Tracing Family Histories – a Resource Guide (2013).

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Irene Lim

Irene Lim is a Manager with the National Library, Singapore. She works with the Singapore Collection and is the author of Sketches in the Straits:  Nineteenth-century Watercolours and Manuscript of Singapore, Malacca, Penang and Batavia by Charles Dyce (2003).

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Chris Tang

Chris Tang is a Manager at the National Library, Singapore, where he oversees digitisation and digital content management. Chris was previously involved in business reference service as well as the management of the policies and operations of the National Library’s donor collections.

Mazelan Anuar

Mazelan Anuar is a Senior Librarian with the National Library, Singapore. He was previously involved in exhibition projects such as “Aksara: The Passage of Malay Scripts” and “Rihlah: Arabs in Southeast Asia”. He currently oversees NewspaperSG, an online resource of current and historic Singapore and Malaya newspapers.

Lim Tin Seng

Lim Tin Seng is a Librarian with the National Library, Singapore, and works with the Singapore & Southeast Asian Collection. His research interests include the natural landscape and built heritage of Singapore as well as its social, economic and political history.

Sundari Balasubramaniam

Sundari Balasubramaniam is a Librarian with the National Library, Singapore. Her responsibilities include managing and developing the Tamil Collection as well as providing reference and research services.

Timothy Pwee

Timothy Pwee is a Senior Librarian with the National Library, Singapore, and manages the Singapore & Southeast Asian Collection. His research interests include Singapore’s natural history and visual heritage materials such as paintings, photographs and maps. He is also interested in Singapore’s multicultural and multi-religious heritage.

Ong Eng Chuan

Ong Eng Chuan is a Senior Librarian with the National Library, Singapore. He works with the Rare Materials Collection, and is particularly interested in Singapore’s early history and early Chinese imprints.

Leong Hui Chuan

Leong Hui Chuan is an Associate Librarian at the National Library, Singapore. Her responsibilities include the digitisation of library materials, digital content management as well as oversight of the Index to Singapore Information service.

Juffri Bin Supa’at

Juffri is a Senior Librarian with the National Library, Singapore. He has curated several exhibitions featuring the works of Malay literary pioneers such as Masuri S. N., Muhammad Ariff Ahmad and Abdul Ghani Hamid. He has also compiled poetry selections by Muhammad Ariff Ahmad and Suratman Markasan.

Zoe Yeo

Zoe is an Associate Librarian with the National Library, Singapore. Her responsibilities include developing the National Library’s collections as well as providing content and reference services on topics relating to Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Barbara Quek

Barbara is a Senior Librarian with the National Library, Singapore. She co-authored the research paper “The Value of Print Literacy in the Education of Young Children in Singapore”, which was published in The International Journal of the Book, Volume 1 (2003).

Janice Loo

Janice Loo is an Associate Librarian at the National Library, Singapore. Her responsibilities include collection management and content development as well as research and reference assistance on topics relating to Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Seow Peck Ngiam

Seow Peck Ngiam is a Senior Librarian at the National Library, Singapore. Her responsibilities include the selection of Chinese materials and donor collections for the library as well as the provision of reference and information services.