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Do You Know?

Really? Librarians Can Support Faculty in How Many Ways? Want to showcase your research locally and globally? Want to increase your citation count? Want to enrich your courses with relevant e-resources? Want to improve the research skills of your students and/or research assistants? The dedicated Subject Librarians of NTU Libraries are ready, willing and able to don a variety of hats (or superhero capes if necessary) to provide an extensive range of teaching, research and publishing support services. Though you may be aware of many of our longstanding services that support your teaching and research such as course reserves, interlibrary loan, and rich print and electronic collections, were you aware that we also provide the following specialized services for faculty … Making your research more visible on both a local and global scale e.g. our new digital resources platform, globally accessible blogs, local exhibitions, etc. Talk to us to choose the best medium for your work! Enhancing e-learning by recommending course specific e-resources and helping you to integrate them seamlessly into EdveNTUre or other learning platforms Setting up automated alerts to keep you easily up-to-date on relevant journals and articles Accessing articles quickly and easily from any starting point (library databases, GoogleScholar, a link in an email) using our FullText@NTU webbased tool Offering customised workshops for your students based on the needs of your course – developing a topic, subject-specific databases, evaluating online information, understanding scholarly communication practices, citing and avoiding plagiarism, and more... continued on page 2

Contents Do You Know Really? Librarians Can Support Faculty in How Many Ways?

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Introducing the 12-week Loan for Teaching Staff


Snapshots New Staff: Caroline Pang


Info Buzz QR Codes in the Library Catalogue


Downloading Articles via Google Scholar!


Museum Confluences: An Intertwining p4 Take on Art and Science

Resources NTU Confessions: Why are People Confessing their Secrets on Facebook?


World Press Freedom Day: Not Just Another News Day


DATA at Your Fingertips


Events & Activities 中文图书馆展览活动, 精彩无限 p8

Email: Online version and archives at sg/library/pages/ xpress.aspx


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Advising on publishing trends to better choose publishers, journals and access models for your own publications These are but a few of the many services we can provide – contact your Subject Librarian ( Pages/subject.aspx) to get an update on the latest resources, tools, trends, etc.

your students in learning? Together we may be able to identify new services that may support you in your current endeavours.

Do You Know?

Training your research assistants to use library tools, resources and services

Talk to a librarian – we may surprise you in what we can offer!

Finally, we know that your work has changed and will continue to change at an ever-increasing pace. We would love to hear more about how you are currently engaging in your work – how do you find collaborators, how do you manage your data, how do you engage

Deputy University Librarian

Do You Know?

Introducing the 12-Week Loan for Teaching Staff

Loan period for Open Shelf books have been extended. The revised loan period for Open Shelf books has been extended from 4 weeks to 12 weeks for all teaching staff with effect from 11 December 2012. Items can also be renewed up to 4 times unless there are requests for them.

Wong Oi May Senior Librarian (Access Services)

Important Information


Books with requests are subject to recall and must be returned by the recall due date.


Recalled books are considered lost if they are not returned after the third recall notice.


Books with high demand may have a reduced loan period. Do take note of the due date upon borrowing.


Materials which have reached the renewal limit must be brought back to the Service Desk. These may be loaned out again at the Desk if there are no holds to fill.


New Staff Caroline Pang Head, Medical Library Senior Assistant Director Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

With more than 15 years’ experience working as a librarian, Caroline starts a new phase of her career as Head of the Medical Library of Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine on 29 Oct 2012. In her lifetime, Caroline has been in the fortunate position of setting up libraries, she jokingly calls herself a serial start-up librarian. Previously, she had set-up the Tanoto Library in INSEAD and decided to stay for the last 10 years. Prior to that, she has also set up the medical library in National Cancer Centre Singapore. In the next few years, Caroline


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will be setting an interim medical library and finally the permanent medical library in 2015 on Novena Campus. Caroline received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Tasmania, majoring in Library & Information Studies and Computer Science and a minor in Philosophy. She obtained a MSc (Knowledge Management), NTU in 2008. From 2002-2004, Caroline served as the Coordinator of the inaugural Asia Pacific Business School Librarians Group. She is also active in the local library scene, serving as Chair, Business Librarians Group, Library Association of Singapore from 2009-2010. A little known fact about Caroline is that she shares the same birthday as Hitler. Though she shares the same habit of pacing while in deep thought, luckily, the similarities stop there. On a day-to-day basis, Caroline is generally mild-mannered with a good sense of humour. She enjoys visiting coffee houses and watching cooking shows.

Info Buzz

QR Codes in the Library Catalogue check your library account or renew library materials. Use your NTU network account username and password. record of 28 of 32 for search Word(s) “practical tips for students”

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How to study: practical tips for university students Race, Philip.


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The steps to review your library account or renew your items are as follows: 1. Download LibAnywhere on your mobile device

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2. Search for “NTU Library”


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3. Click “My Account”

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4. Enter your network username and password 5. Click “Review My Account” or “Renew My Materials”

Found a book you’d like to borrow but don’t have a pen and paper handy? Now with QR codes in the Library Catalogue, you don’t need them. NTU Libraries implemented QR codes in the Library Catalogue in October 2012. With your mobile device, you now can scan the QR code displayed below the book cover of a title in the Library Catalogue and add it to your favourites list. When you need the item information, you can retrieve it from your mobile device.

You are required to download a QR code reader to your mobile device. Among the ones we tested, i-nigma is one of the most popular readers that works well with the Library’s QR Code implementation. For more information, read “How do I save my favourite titles on my mobile and borrow them later at the libraries?” on Ask NTU (http://

Du Juan Assistant Director (Library Technology & Systems)

The QR codes are provided through the Library’s subscription to the mobile application LibAnywhere. Using this application, you can also

Info Buzz

Downloading Articles via Google Scholar! Here is a common problem you face when using Google Scholar – you discover an article you would like to read, you click on the link but are challenged with a login box or are asked to purchase the article. When that happens, you would need to search for the article again from our library-subscribed e-journals and databases to get the full-text. To make it seamless for NTU staff and students to access library resources while they are using Google Scholar, the Library implemented FindIt@NTU, an OpenURL link, in Google Scholar. This link in Google Scholar connects users to full-text articles from e-resources subscribed to by NTU Libraries without the need for users to leave the Google Scholar interface. Enabling FindIt@NTU at Google Scholar In order to enable FindIt@NTU in Google Scholar, please follow these steps:

Using FindIt@NTU at Google Scholar Once enabled, the FindIt@NTU link will appear beside the result list if the full-text of the article is available from NTU Libraries’ subscribed e-resources. Upon clicking FindIt@NTU, you will see this page with a link to full-text of the article.

2. Search by “NTU Library”

Enter your NTU network username and password for authentication, if prompted. You may now download the full-text from the publisher or the database site.

3. Check the box “Nanyang Technological University–Findit@NTU”

If you encounter any difficulty, please contact

1. Go to Library Links under Settings

4. Click “Save”

Tint Hla Hla Htoo Senior Librarian (Library Technology & Systems)



Confluences: An Intertwining Take on Art and Science

Kee Ya Ting, Tale of a Time Traveller I - Inquisitive Investigations, Archival paper, 2012. Kee explores Albert’s Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and Time Dilation.

Once deemed diametrically opposed, art is now increasingly conjoined with science as many artists are drawing references from scientific ideas and applying them to their artistic practices. At the same time, scientists are also drawing inspirations from their research to create different forms of art such as paintings, photography, video works and modern installations. The synthesis between art, science and other disciplines is growing momentum and has led to the emergence of a new art movement today. Confluences: An Intertwining Take on Art and Science presents some compositions of this inter-disciplinary interest. This exhibition features the works by a group of seven artists and scientists, who explored different ways of interpreting science, which are then translated and presented in their art. Scientific topics such as quantum theory, theory of relativity, blood-clotting mechanism and close-up study of raw mass spectra, are intricately embedded in these works. Some draw upon a closer reference to art movements, such as Abstract Expressionism, in their creative processes. The pursuit of art and the quest of science differ greatly in their aims and their practices.

Ratnadeep Gopal Adivrekar, A man with one watch knows what time it is; A man with two watches is never quite sure, Oil on Canvas, 2007. This work illustrates the idea that although a pendulum clock -- an invention of Dutch mathematician and physicist, Christian Huygens’ (centre) was a breakthrough in accuracy of time keeping, the concept of time travel is more complex than previously thought.

Confluences also seeks to further explore the identities and roles of ‘scientist-artist’ and ‘artist-scientist’, and the similarities and differences in the creative processes as an artist or as a scientist. More importantly, it looks at how their approaches, as well as interpretations of his or her creative processes, influence the ways of seeing and (re)defining the notion of visual art aesthetics.

Daksha Bulsara, Cascade II[ii], Ink on water colour on paper, 2010. This work depicts the complexities and layering or cascading manner in the bloodclotting processes.

Curated by NTU Museum and presented in collaboration with NTU Libraries, Confluences is featured at a purpose-built virtual gallery, where more than 50 artworks are exhibited. Visit the exhibition at: virtual_exhibitions.aspx.

Faith Teh Head, NTU Art & Heritage Museum



NTU Confessions: Why are People Confessing their Secrets on Facebook? Are you aware of the current immense popularity of NTU Confessions Facebook page and wonder what could account for such interesting sharing of thoughts that are often very blatant and candid? Interestingly, such confessions on Facebook pages have since grown into an interactive online platform – from tips for finding a date, discussion on sexuality, to the creation of online social support groups that arise from such discussions. One cannot help but be amazed by the diversity of the inputs by these online users! From a psychological point of view, the sense of online anonymity can effectively reduce one’s reservations to reveal one’s innermost feelings and thoughts – an effect known as the online disinhibition effect (Suler, 2004), a term coined by psychologist John Suler. Curious to know more? Check out our NTU Library resources that might help you quench your curiosity. Here are some selected resources to start you off. Journal Articles 1. Suler, J. (2004). The Online Disinhibition Cyberpsychology & Behavior, 7(3), 321-326.


2. Morio, H., & Buchholz, C. (2009). How anonymous are you online? Examining online social behaviors from a crosscultural perspective. AI & Society, 23(2), 297-307. 3. Wodzicki, K., Schwammlein, E., Cress, U., & Kimmerle, J. (2011). Does the Type of Anonymity Matter? The Impact of Visualization on Information Sharing in Online Groups. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14(3), 157-160.

Electronic Journal - CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking Check out our NTU Library subscribed journal “CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking” (subscriptions starts from 2010) to read more articles about the relations between behaviour and social media/networking. > E-Journals > Titles A to Z > Search “CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking” Books Virtual community participation and motivation: cross-disciplinary theories Author: Li Honglei Publisher: Information Science Reference Call number: TK5105.83.V819r Psychological aspects of cyberspace: theory, research, applications Editor: Azy Barak Publisher: Cambridge University Press Call number: HM1017.P974

Chua Junjie Social Sciences Librarian (Psychology)



World Press Freedom Day: Not Just Another News Day

Imagine living in a world with complete news blackout? What kind of a world and society would this create? Many of us take the press for granted because we have never experienced such a blackout in our lifetime. Each year 3 May marks World Press Freedom Day, a day set aside by the United Nations Education Scientific Organisation, to highlight the right to have an open and free press as well as to commemorate those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of journalistic integrity. In Singapore, freedom of the press is a tricky area. Some critics have called for more freedom of expression in the local press. However, Singaporeans understand that some press restriction is needed to maintain our delicate racial harmony. This is not easy to achieve, and the Singapore government has seen the need to improve media regulations to cater to an ever changing media landscape. The Media Development Authority of Singapore released the Media Convergence Report on 30 November 2012. This report makes recommendations on how to improve the existing media regulations to allow for a more open media environment while still protecting Singapore’s unique cultural harmony. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent nonprofit organisation based in New York, champions the safety of journalists all over the world and keeps track of all reported cases of murdered journalists. CPJ has called the Philippines’ Maguindanao massacre, where an estimated 34 journalists were killed, as the deadliest attack on journalists in history. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which is the largest and oldest union for journalists established a safety fund for journalists whose lives have come under threat. The fund provides immediate financial relief and strives to highlight the plight of these journalists. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Walter Lippmann states, “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil”. World Press Freedom Day is a time to commemorate the efforts and the people who do their upmost to uphold this very law, no matter the cost. Happy World Press Freedom Day.

Here are some interesting websites focusing on journalism and news reporting. UNESCO World Press Freedom Day flagship-project-activities/world-press-freedom-day/about-theday/ Go to this website to find out more about World Press Freedom Day.

Global Editors Network (GEN) GEN is non-profit, non-governmental association, committed to the principles of innovation and information sharing in the newsroom.

International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) IJNet keeps professional and citizen journalists up-to-date on the latest media innovations, online journalism resources, training opportunities and expert advice. NTU Libraries has several news databases, some of which are highlighted below. To find these databases, go to our library website and click on ‘Databases’, look under the ‘Subject List’ for ‘News’, click and the list of databases will appear. Factiva Factiva provides news and business information. It covers 10,000 sources from more than 159 countries in 22 languages and offers more than 400 continuously updated newswires. is one of the world’s leading online legal research services and an online library of international news and information.

Wise Search

Debra L’Angellier Communication Librarian (Advertising, PR, Broadcast & Film)


Wise Search is a Chinese news provider from Hong Kong. It covers the 742 main Chinese newspapers from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and other Asia Pacific countries.


DATA at your Fingertips

Need data to support your research argument or to make a case in point? As quoted by Economics Nobel Prize Laureate, Ronald Coase “Torture the data, and it will confess to anything” [ Guess, A. ( 2012, July 10). The Best Quote about Data (Blog post). Retrieved from]. There is a wealth of data available in our Library databases and on the Internet. Below are some of my personal picks of country data resources.

World Development Indicators [Library Database] Social, economic, financial, natural resources and environmental indicators from 210 economies.

China data China Data Online [Library Database]

Country data CEIC [Library Database] Macroeconomic data like National Accounts; Balance of Payments; Foreign Exchange Rates and many more for 121 countries. Select Global Database and then your desired country, example Singapore. Select China Premium database for macroeconomic data relating to China by nation and provincial levels.

Macroeconomics, census, demographic data collated and made available by University of Michigan from various Chinese statistical sources including both national and provincial level statistics. Data are predominately in PDF format making data manipulation and discovery challenging. Searching is restricted to title of reports / datasets and to prevailing page results.

China National Bureau of statistics [Website]

Global Market Database]





Market data for fast moving goods industry and socio-economic and macroeconomic data, e.g., GINI index for income distribution. Some of the time series contains forecast data.

China’s official statistical organisation website with recent national level statistics.

Singapore data Singstats [website, Library Database]

OECD iLibrary [Library Database]

Fixed capital formation, capital stock, employment and hours, profit, exports/imports, health-care for OECD member countries.

Recent macroeconomic, census and demographic data on Singapore. Historical series is accessible via library subscription only.

Visit for a list of OECD member countries. [Website] UN Comtrade [Library Database]

Commodity trade data by country and commodities. You may also search by international commodity codes (SITC, HS and BEC).

One-stop portal to access publicly-available data published from 50 government ministries and agencies.

UNdata [Website]

For more resources on data, go to the Statistics Subject Guide at Compilation of 32 statistical databases from the United Nations and other international organisations. Areas of coverage include agriculture, education, energy, industry, labour, national accounts, population, tourism and trade.

Joan Wee Social Sciences Librarian (Economics)


Events & Activities

中文图书馆展览活动,精彩无限 2012年初,中文图书馆装修一新,其中特辟“文化驿站”一区, 定期展出各种书览、剪报和举办文化活动,旨在为读者提供丰富 的文化信息,增添更多文化氛围。一年来,我们利用这个独特的 空间,开展了一系列书展及相关活动,为图书馆创造了浓郁的文 化气息。这里略举几例:

中文系师生和远道而来的贵客齐聚一堂,共同见证了这场难得的 盛会。游俊豪老师主持了开幕茶会,南大图书馆蔡馆长、文学院 刘院长分别致辞,英培安先生致答谢词并亲自签名赠书给中文图 书馆。开幕茶会虽然简短,但相信当天欢乐、温馨的气氛,深深 地感染着每一位与会者,并为他们留下美好的记忆。

郭宝崑逝世10周年纪念展 这个小型展览是为纪念和缅怀我国杰出的戏剧大师郭宝崑逝世 10周年而特别推出。该展览回顾了郭宝崑先生的生活经历和他的 戏剧创作生涯,一并展出的还有郭宝崑经典剧作的DVD和相关 书籍。值得一提的是中文图书馆专门制作了“馆藏郭宝崑作品目 录”及“馆藏郭宝崑研究作品目录”,为研究者提供参考之用。


“中国之窗”中国国家图书馆赠书展 农历新年前夕,充满浓郁中国风的“中国之窗 ——中国国家图书 馆赠书展”华丽登场贺新春。此次书展特挑选了由中国国家图书 馆捐赠给南大图书馆的书籍约80本,分历史、语言文字、文学、 艺术、当代中国等7大专题展出,籍以此为大家开启一扇走进中 国、了解中国的窗口。五千年的华夏文明博大精深,当代中国的 变化日新月异,本次展览就像一扇小小的窗户,带领大家进入这 个古老而神奇的国度,激励大家继续探索和发现她的美好明天。

2012年诺贝尔文学奖获得者——莫言作品展 “莫言作品展”主要展示了莫言的人生轨迹、主要成就和赏析评 鉴。当读者通过本次展览走进第一位中国籍诺贝尔 文学奖得主的文学世界时,还会欣喜地发现,中文 图书馆几乎囊括莫言的所有作品,请扫描二维条码, 马上获取他的作品。


中文图书馆接下来还将举办更多精彩的展览和活动,欢迎大家前 来捧场与支持!


想和中文图书馆一起联办活动与展览? 有兴趣者请电邮

驻校作家英培安作品展暨开幕茶会成功举行! 2013年新年伊始,中文图书馆热闹非凡!为配合南洋理工大学和 新加坡国家艺术理事会联合主办的“华文文学创作计划”,南大 中文系和中文图书馆联合举办驻校作家英培安作品展开幕茶会。


吴瑶瑶 中国研究学科馆员

Library Xpress Volume 7 Issue 3 May 2013  
Library Xpress Volume 7 Issue 3 May 2013  

Library Xpress is a regular NTU Library publication. It highlights interesting developments in the information world and discusses how they...