April 1999  

Under the Singapore Cooperation Programme, the National Library Board conducted two programmes for top library professionals and senior librarians from ASEAN from 19-24 April 1999 to develop closer relations with libraries in ASEAN countries.

The National Library Board hosted the 6th National Libraries Group-Southeast Asia (NLG-SEA) meeting on 20 April 1999. The ten Southeast Asian national libraries signed a joint declaration for greater cooperation and mutual sharing within the NLG-SEA.

May 1999  

Mr Wong Kan Seng, Minister for Home Affairs and MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, officially re-opened the renovated Toa Payoh Community Library on 10 May 1999.

Swan and Maclaren Architects was awarded the architectural tender for the new National Library Board building on 21 May 1999. Seven civic groups were formed to seek public inputs on the new building.

The Millennium Marker project was launched on 28 May 1999 to encourage community sharing of life lessons learnt over the years.

June 1999  

The first Customised Information Literacy Programme (CILP) was conducted for Ministry of Manpower Research and Statistics Department on 28 June 1999.

The Basic Information Literacy Training (BILT) Programme was prototyped at Toa Payoh Community Library. Information Literacy Training programmes helped to raise the skill levels of library users.

Library Manners Promotion was launched on 30 June 1999 to cultivate library etiquette among the young.

July 1999  

RAdm Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education, 2nd Minister for Defence, MP for Pasir Ris GRC, officially opened the Pasir Ris Loyang Community Children's Library (CCL) on 25 July 1999. This was the first CCL to incorporate CD-ROM streaming technology based on the Singapore ONE broadband network.

A new electronic library management system was implemented by the National Library Board to provide more reliable and user-friendly information services in the new millennium.

September 1999  

Mr Cheah Chak Mun, Deputy Director (Language & Literature), Curriculum Planning & Development Division, Ministry of Education, Mr Tan Yap Kwang, Director, Educational Technology Division, Ministry of Education, Mr Heng Chee How, Deputy Secretary General, NTUC, and Prof Tan Teck Meng, Deputy Secretary, Singapore Management University, were appointed as National Library Board's board members on 1 September 1999. They will serve on the third Board for a 2-year term.

A memorandum of understanding was signed with Singapore Management University on 3 September 1999 to manage the University's library, as well as provide research and information services.

Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong awarded the Singapore H.E.A.L.T.H. Gold Award 1999 to the National Library Board on 9 September 1999.

The Cybrarian Service, an online reference enquiry service using video-conferencing, was prototyped at Toa Payoh Community Library on 15 September 1999. It provided users with easy instruction and friendly interaction at the multimedia stations.

The Premium Service was launched on 20 September 1999 to enable customers to borrow an additional four items at a subscription fee of $20.60 per annum.

New registration and membership card fees were introduced on 20 September 1999. All permanent residents (PRs) and foreigners will pay a one-time membership fee of $10.30 during registration. A membership card fee of $5.00 is applicable for all Singaporeans and PRs for membership cards issued.

Centralised sorting of books returned to the libraries was implemented. The turnaround time for materials returned by users at any library was vastly improved to 24 hours after the implementation of the centralised sorting service. The return-at-any-library service was first implemented at public libraries from 28 May 1998.

The Student Virtual Community was revamped and launched at the Library@School conference on 23 September to encourage continuous learning, sharing of ideas, creative thinking and interaction among students.

October 1999  

An exhibition of the new National Library Board building development process entitled "The New NLB Building, a Place for The People: Exhibition of Tender Design Schemes" was held at Jurong East Community Library from 2-8 October 1999.

Mr Lee Yock Suan, Minister for Information and The Arts officially opened library@Orchard, Singapore's first lifestyle library at Ngee Ann City on 21 October 1999.

November 1999  

The Surf N Save Promotional Exercise was launched to promote the library's electronic services.

During the promotional period, multimedia services at the libraries were accessible at half the normal rate.
Malay Teenage Reading Club activities were launched at Bedok Community Library.

The National Library Board Work Improvement Team (WITS), Express Zappers, won the Bronze and Silver Awards at the Ministry of Information and The Arts WITS and National Quality Control Circle Convention 1999.

December 1999  

An agreement was signed with National Library of China and the Shanghai Library to provide library materials, document delivery and inter-library loans, information search and packaging services, and mirroring of each other's websites.

Active Ageing Through Learning @ The Library was held at Queenstown Community Library from 4-5 December 1999 to promote lifelong learning and enhance library awareness among the older generation.

January 2000  

Fact Finders, a customised research service, was developed in collaboration with National Archives of Singapore.

The National Library Board and e-station announced on 29 January 2000 the collaboration to form Asia's first fully-electronic library called the e-library. The e-library was first franchised and prototyped at e-station, Singapore's premier online electronic edutainment centre.

February 2000  

BG(NS) George Yeo, Minister for Trade and Industry launched HuayiNet, an online Chinese overseas databank, on 11 February 2000.

March 2000  

The Trade Development Board Design Centre Library donated 7,000 books and magazines on design to the National Library Board on 21 March 2000. The collection allowed the public to have easy access to the region's largest collection of reference materials on all design disciplines.

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