Celebrating the Asian Children’s Festival with performances at the libraries. RAdm (NS) Teo Chee Hean officiated the opening of Singapore’s first Do-It-Yourself library at Sengkang. Book lovers and bargain hunters at the annual Library Book Sale.
November 2002  NLB strengthened its ties with libraries in China by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Xiamen Municipal Library on November 6.

NLB and the newly-established Meridian Junior College signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 8 for NLB to plan and manage the junior college’s library.

The Asian Children’s Festival, held from November 8 to 16, showcased a series of storytelling, puppet shows and performances to celebrate children and promote Asian content. The week-long festival also included Great Singapore Stories, the Asian Storytelling Carnival and the Asian Children’s Expo.

Sengkang Community Library, Singapore’s first Do-It-Yourself library, was opened on November 30 by Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, RAdm (NS) Teo Chee Hean. New services introduced included a DIY membership registration kiosk, Cybrarian remote enquiry service and a cyber-café with multimedia access.

December 2002  A Memorandum of Understanding between NLB and the National Library of Australia was signed on December 5.

The 5th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL 2002) was held from December 11 to 14 with about 400 delegates from 30 participating countries. The revamped NLB Digital Library was also launched during this event.

The NLB’s Library Management and Operations Group received the ISO 9001:2000 certification in December for the management and operation of our network of public libraries.

January 2003  The annual Library Book Sale attracted more than 84,000 people from January 11 to 12. In conjunction with the book sale, the NLB Charity Book Donation was held on January 10. More than 23,000 books, magazines and videotapes were donated to 47 charitable organisations.

After nine months of renovation to upgrade facilities, Ang Mo Kio Community Library was re-opened on January 25 by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of State for National Development, with Mind Matters as its central theme. The Indian Library Services was also launched.

The SAFTI Military Institute’s library was integrated into NLB’s service network, allowing the institute’s collection to be made available to the public.

February 2003  The Library Ambassador Campaign was launched on February 22 by Ambassador-at-Large, Professor Tommy Koh, at Tampines Regional Library. The campaign aims to promote reading and lifelong learning through partnering well-known personalities in programmes and activities.

March 2003  NLB signed its second Memorandum of Understanding with The Enterprise Challenge on March 5 to cover Aspiration Pathfinder, an innovative project that exposes participants to a series of unusual learning experiences.

The Library@Office Campaign, targeted at getting Professionals, Managers, Executives and Businessmen (PMEBs) to use the library and its services, was launched on March 25 by Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister of State for Manpower and Education, at the heart of the Central Business District.