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Consult A Subject Librarian Service

The Consult a Subject Librarian service is an appointment-based reference service offered at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library (LKCRL).  You can make an appointment with a subject librarian to help you with research on the following subjects:

  • Singapore History and Heritage
  • Singapore Literary Arts

The assigned subject librarian will share about resources available at LKCRL and assist with identifying relevant sources, in-depth sharing on the available resources in LKCRL as and compiling a listing of materials relevant to your research.

You may request this service at ref@nlb.gov.sg

For more information, please refer to our FAQs.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

1. Who is eligible to make an appointment?

This free service is available to library patrons who require assistance and guidance in research on Singapore History and Heritage and Singapore Literary Arts .

2. What does the Consult a Subject Librarian service include?

This personalised reference service includes:

  • Reference interview conducted by the librarian on the scope of the research topic
  • Identification of relevant sources available at LKCRL by the librarian including materials in our closed-access collection (RCLOS) such as primary materials (e.g. manuscripts and typescripts), publications in our Legal Deposit collection and resources in the library’s online portals and subscribed databases
  • Compilation of a listing of materials (up to 10 titles) relevant to the research area according to the researcher’s needs
  • In-depth sharing on the available resources in LKCRL relevant to the research topic

3. What type of assistance is excluded from this service?

The Consult a Subject Librarian service does not

  • offer guidance and assistance on requests not related to Singapore History and Heritage and Singapore Literary Arts
  • offer advice on school homework, quiz questions, crossword puzzles, questions for competitive gain (e.g. gambling or contests) and medical or legal questions. However, resources for self-directed research in these areas may be suggested
  • provide research or tutoring service

4. When can I make an appointment to meet the subject librarian ?

You can make an appointment to meet a subject librarian on weekdays Monday to Friday, between 10am to 12noon and between 2pm to 7pm.

5. How do I make an appointment?

  • You may make an appointment by sending an email to ref@nlb.gov.sg. You will be contacted by email/phone within five working days to schedule an appointment.
  • For onsite requests, a counter staff can assist you with your booking.

6. How long is the consultation session?

The consultation session will usually be between 30 to 60 minutes. Library patrons are allowed one session per week only.

7. Where will the consultation session be held?

The consultation session will be held at LKCRL.

8. I need to cancel my appointment. What is the best way to do this?

Please email us at ref@nlb.gov.sg to cancel the appointment.

9. Are there other ways to get help from a librarian?

For questions that do not require a face-to-face appointment, you may use our Ask A Librarian service or approach counter staff.

LKCRL reserves the right to redirect the requests to Reference Point (RP) for enquiries that do not require a face-to-face appointment.

Last Updated On 30 Apr 2020