Tag Archives: National Library Board

Singapore: NLB removes Chinese-language children book for review after library user complains it is racist

(19 Jul 2020) The National Library Board (NLB) has removed a Chinese-language children’s book for review after a reader complained that it is racist. In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman for NLB said on Sunday (July 19) evening that the board is currently reviewing the book, in view of feedback from its […]


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Singapore: NLB increases digital offerings during circuit breaker period

With the closure of all public libraries because of the circuit breaker measures, more have turned to e-books. (21 Apr 2020) The National Library Board (NLB) saw a 225 per cent jump in physical library material loans during the weekend of April 4 and 5, before the temporary closure of NLB facilities from April 7 […]


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Singapore: NLB to revamp 8 libraries and open a new one

(3 Mar 2020) The National Library Board (NLB) will revamp eight more libraries from now until 2026 and also build a new Punggol Regional Library with a more inclusive slant. Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, announced this in Parliament on Tuesday (March 3) during the debate on her ministry’s budget. […]


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NLB has 4 million+ ebook checkouts in 2019, according to OverDrive

(9 Jan 2020)  According to the OverDrive data, the number of e-books borrowed rose 15% in the year to 211 million; digital audiobooks borrowed jumped 30%, to 114 million, and 59 million children’s/young adult checkouts took place, a gain of 27% over 2018. National Library of Singapore is among the top 10 libraries which have […]


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New Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to be appointed to the National Library Board

(15 Oct 2019) The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) announced today two leadership changes – Mr Lee Seow Hiang’s appointment as Chairman of the National Library Board (NLB) with effect from 1 January 2020; and Mr Ng Cher Pong’s appointment as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NLB effective 1 December 2019. Mr […]


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Mining text, linking entities – National Library Board of Singapore’s journey

(26 July 2019) Connecting collections across institutions and discovering hidden knowledge has always been our goal. Due to disparate data sources, differing levels of quality and granularity in the data sets and varying terminologies used for concepts and entities, this has proved to be a challenge. Barring standardisation across knowledge repositories, which is an insurmountable […]


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People in Singapore reading more: NLB study

(1 Jul 2019)  According to the 2018 National Reading Habits Study, people in Singapore are reading more books, magazines and newspapers – in both print and digital formats. The trend is in part attributable to the popularity of e-books. Read the full story from The Straits Times here.  


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Singapore libraries use augmented reality to attract more visitors

(6 June 2019) As reading habits change, Singapore’s National Library Board is also changing – powered by high tech. “We accept that the library is not just a place to come and borrow books. To attract more people, we need the library to be a place for experience, especially networking and community connection,” says Ramachandran […]


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How did NLB win the Business Excellence Awards last year

(2 May 2019)  The Business Excellence Awards recognise organisations with good leadership, corporate governance and social responsibility, and assess how they deal with both customers and their own employees, as well as how they leverage innovation. In 2018, the National Library Board (NLB) was the winner of the Singapore Quality Award with Special Commendation, the highest […]


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Borrowing limits at Singapore’s libraries to be permanently raised

(4 March 2019) National Library Board (NLB) members will be able to borrow up to 16 physical items from April this year. Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Sim Ann said in her Committee of Supply debate speech on Monday (Mar 4) that for many years, NLB has doubled the loan quota of […]


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Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) Meeting in Singapore, 21 February 2019

(Feburary 2019)  The National Library Board (NLB) is the host for the Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held at the National Library Building on 21 February 2019. This year, CDNLAO will commemorate its 40th Anniversary since it first convened in 1979. Over 20 countries across […]


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NLB archiving Singapore websites, digital materials

Move is part of effort to expand legal deposit collection of materials published in Singapore (4 November 2018)  The National Library Board (NLB) has taken on the enormous task of archiving 180,000 Singapore websites ending with the .sg domain, as well as digital materials published in Singapore. The annually updated National Day Parade website and […]


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National Library Board of Singapore receives digital innovation award

(19 September 2018, Cleveland, Ohio and Singapore) Rakuten OverDrive, the world’s leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, presented the 2018 Digital Innovation Award to the National Library Board Singapore (NLB) at a ceremony in Singapore last month. This award was presented to recognize the numerous innovative features and services NLB has developed and […]


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Cybrarian Ventures hiring Business and Finance Executive / Manager

(17 August 2018) Cybrarian Ventures Pte Ltd (CVPL), incorporated in 2000, is a wholly owned company of the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore.  It was created to be the sole distributor of products and services of NLB. The Company plans to reach out to the library industry to exert thought leadership in library innovations, […]


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NLB launches new digital business library

(23 October 2017, Singapore)  Singapore residents with an account with the National Library Board (NLB) can now access business resources in a new digital business library. The new online portal was launched on Monday (October 23) by NLB, in conjunction with OverDrive, a mobile application that allows users to borrow eBooks and audiobooks. Users can […]


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