01 March 2022
The National Library Board (NLB) has set up a LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025) showcase at the Parliament House to give a preview of its future plans. The showcase will be open for visit by Members of Parliament and the media during the Committee of Supply (COS) debate from 3 to 7 March.
The showcase will highlight the four LAB25 roles that NLB is working with various partners on, namely: building a Learning Marketplace; nurturing an Informed Citizenry; inspiring Singapore Storytellers; and being an Equaliser.
Visitors will get to understand more about the concept of the Learning Superstore developed together with Accenture Singapore; a Node that depicts the Learning Marketplace in partnership with Tribal Worldwide Singapore; a prototype of a Web-based app NLB is working with Amazon Web Services Singapore to provide greater access to NLB’s resources; and assistive technology that NLB is exploring with Microsoft to implement in our libraries.
Through industry collaborations, NLB seeks to offer greater digital access, digital resources, and digitally-enabled learning for the public.
Launched in October 2021, LAB25 is a five-year transformation roadmap that invites partners and community to reinvent the libraries and archives together for the future, as well as test and deliver innovative products and services that could meet the changing reading and learning needs of our patrons.
NLB Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ng Cher Pong, said, “As we reimagine our libraries and archives with LAB25, we want to do so with the community and partners. Together, we can identify and develop innovative services that could encourage more people to discover, read, and learn with us. We also hope to equalise opportunities and enable access to NLB’s learning and digital resources, and provide opportunities for all to pursue lifelong learning.”
Please find below more information on the showcases.
About National Library Board
The National Library Board (NLB) nurtures Readers for Life, Learning Communities and a Knowledgeable Nation by promoting reading, learning and history through its network of 27 public libraries, the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore. NLB also forges strategic partnerships that encourage awareness, appreciation and greater discovery of Singapore’s history through its rich collections on Singapore and the region.
NLB achieves excellence through innovation, focusing on citizen engagement and co-creation, resource and digital innovation. This creates learning opportunities, greater access to library resources, services and archival collections, as well as a continual development of innovative library spaces. Established on 1 September 1995 as a statutory board, NLB is under the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI).