Archives Unlocked – From Automobiles to Archives


Published on : 8 Jun 2021

Archives Unlocked – From Automobiles to Archives

Have you ever wondered what lies within the Former Ford Factory, tucked away among the lush greenery along Upper Bukit Timah Road? Join us as we explore the building’s industrial beginnings as the first motorcar assembly plant in Southeast Asia, and witness its transformation to the learning centre it is now.

 

Take a road trip with Assistant Conservator Cassandra Tang as she shares on how the Former Ford Factory came to be, take a peek at the exhibition on life during the Japanese Occupation and discover the twists and turns of maintaining a permanent exhibition.


Tue, 27 Jul 2021

6 pm – 7 pm

Zoom Webinar

Register now via https://go.gov.sg/27jul-nlbwebsite

 

About the Speaker

Cassandra Tang is an Assistant Conservator with the National Archives of Singapore. Together with her fellow conservators at the Archives Conservation Lab, she carries out conservation treatments for historical records and supports the collections and exhibitions at the National Archives of Singapore, National Library and the Former Ford Factory.

 

About Archives Unlocked

Curious about what goes on in the National Archives of Singapore? Join us for this monthly series of talks, as we unlock stories of our nation through the archives’ collections.



A Librarian’s World: Hunting for Treasures Across the Globe


Published on : 8 Jun 2021

A Librarian’s World: Hunting for Treasures Across the Globe

Historical artefacts such as maps, manuscripts, and other documents often inspire wonderment. But as they are often rare, they are treasured and protected and we may not always have the opportunity to study them carefully. By digitising these artefacts, we have found a way to pore over them to our hearts’ content, even if they are physically located in a different part of the world.

 

Join manager Luke Chua as he explores the many facets of studying these materials on a digital platform. He will also share more about the National Library’s Singapore Digital Resource project that sources for, digitises, and makes accessible unique materials on Singapore.

 

Thu, 22 Jul 2021

6 pm – 7 pm

Zoom Webinar

Register now via https://go.gov.sg/22jul-nlbwebsite

 

About A Librarian’s World

Ever wondered what librarians do? In this series of monthly talks, find out what makes our librarians tick as they share highlights of their work from the collections of the National Library.



Archives Unlocked: Chronicling COVID-19 in Singapore through Oral History


Published on : 19 May 2021

Archives Unlocked: Chronicling COVID-19 in Singapore through Oral History

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed and is still changing the world in fundamental ways. How can oral history help us make sense of this ongoing change? In this session, Senior Specialist (Oral History) Mark Wong will share about the National Archives of Singapore’s oral history project on the COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore. He will show the value of oral history and highlight the innovative ways he and his team explored in order to carry out this project under difficult circumstances. 


Tue, 29 Jun 2021

6 pm – 7 pm

Zoom Webinar

Register now via https://go.gov.sg/29jun-nlbwebsite

 

About the Speaker

Mark Wong is Senior Specialist (Oral History) at the Oral History Centre (OHC), National Archives of Singapore. His interviews cover the Japanese Occupation, education, sports and the performing arts, and he is presently leading the OHC’s project on Singapore’s COVID-19 experiences. He is also Vice-President of the International Oral History Association.

 

About Archives Unlocked

Curious about what goes on in the National Archives of Singapore? Join us for this monthly series of talks, as we unlock stories of our nation through the archives’ collections.



A Librarian’s World:English Language Newspapers in Multi-Ethnic Colonial Singapore


Published on : 26 Apr 2021

A Librarian’s World:English Language Newspapers in Multi-Ethnic Colonial Singapore

While long-running newspapers such as The Straits Times and Singapore Free Press are popular sources for historical research on Singapore, publications by English-literate Asians in colonial Singapore have received considerably less attention.

 

Join Senior Librarian Gracie Lee as she introduces some of these lesser known titles from the National Library’s collection. Newspapers such as Malaya Tribune, The Straits Eurasian AdvocateThe Straits Chinese Herald and the Japanese-owned Singapore Herald were established to give voice to the worldviews, concerns and interests of the communities they represented.

 

Thu, 24 Jun 2021

6 pm – 7 pm

Zoom Webinar

Register now via https://go.gov.sg/24jun

 

About the Speaker

Gracie Lee is a Senior Librarian with the National Library, Singapore. She works with the rare materials collections, and her research areas are in Singapore’s publishing history and the Japanese Occupation.

 

About A Librarian’s World

Ever wondered what librarians do? In this series of monthly talks, find out what makes our librarians tick as they share highlights of their work from the collections of the National Library.



The Little Book Box


Published on : 27 Apr 2021

The Little Book Box

Click here to sign up.

 

Reading is a special gift we can provide for our children, and now it has become easier to get your hands on books from our librarians’ choice list. For a monthly subscription fee of S$10.70 (inclusive of GST), a box of 8 books, specially curated for children will be delivered to your doorstep.

 

1. Books delivered to the comfort of your homes for 3 consecutive months

A minimum subscription period of three (3) months is required with an upfront amount of S$32.10 (inclusive of GST). These books will be delivered every month.

 

2. A mix of books hand-picked by our librarians to help enrich your child’s reading journey

Subscribers will receive a monthly selection of eight (8) English children’s books, including a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles, and those from the Singapore collection. These books span a broad range of children's interests and are catered for two age groups, 4-6 years old and 7-9 years old.

 

3. An additional 8 books on top of your current loan quota

Books under this service do not fall within the usual loan quota. Therefore, subscribers can still continue to borrow up to 16 books (for basic member) and 24 books (for partner member), while having 8 books delivered to them. Subscribers may monitor the due dates of the books under this service in their library membership account, or refer to the printed receipt that will be inserted into the box with their book.

 

Click here for a full list of FAQ.

 

Terms of Service

 

1. You must apply to be a subscriber to this delivery service. There are a limited number of available subscriptions so no promise is made that every application will be successful.

 

2. To apply for this delivery service, you must first be a National Library Board (NLB) library member and must not have any unpaid fees/charges in your membership account. (Note: If the membership you hold is an annual one, there must be at least 6 months remaining to your library membership when your application is received.)

 

3. Each subscription period is for 3 months.

 

4. Under the subscription, you agree that a set of 8 books as selected by NLB will be delivered to you each month. You also agree that this service cannot cater for individual preferences so no requests for exchanges can be made.

 

5. Delivery schedules may differ but you will be able to enjoy reading the books for at least 21 days. The precise loan period and date due for the books will be shown in your library membership account.

 

6. The books must be returned to any NLB public library via the Bookdrop by the due date. (Note that there will be charges for overdue and lost books. See the rates at https://nlb.gov.sg/VisitUs/Membership.aspx.)

 

7. You will receive an email from NLB on your application. If you have been successful, you will receive instructions on how to make payment of S$32.10 (including GST) for a 3-month subscription. NLB must receive the payment within 5 days of the date the email is sent, failing which NLB will cancel the application. Note that there can be no cancellation of a subscription and no refunds after payment is made.

 

8. Please ensure that there are no unpaid fees/charges in your membership account at any time during your subscription period. NLB will stop delivery of books until the fees/charges are paid.

 

9. The delivery address indicated in the application form will be used to deliver the books to you. NLB will not use this address for any other matters except for delivery under this delivery service. If you need to change this address, you must send the new address at least one month in advance to enquiry@nlb.gov.sg or you shall be responsible to pay for any lost books.

 

10. NLB has engaged a contractor to deliver the books. You agree that the contractor will need to be given your contact details for the sole purpose of delivery to you.



Documenting COVID-19 In Singapore


Published on : 29 Nov 2020

Documenting COVID-19 In Singapore

The events of today will become an important part of Singapore’s story for generations to come.

 

Help us document COVID-19 stories. Send us your photos, videos, personal stories, posters, blogs and diaries of how COVID-19 has affected you. 

 

Contributions in the following categories are welcome:

 

 

  • Daily life during the pandemic and circuit breaker period
  • Everyday heroes of COVID-19

 

 

Please click here to contribute.