Tag Archives: Singapore

Singapore: Publisher apologises for Chinese-language children’s book, stops sale and distribution

(21 Jul 2020) Publisher Marshall Cavendish Education on Tuesday (Jul 21) apologised for any misunderstanding caused to readers after its Chinese-language children’s book, Who Wins?, received a complaint about racist content. “We have decided to cease the sale and distribution of this series and recall the books from retail stores,” the publisher said in a statement in […]


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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: All books returned to libraries to be set aside for 24 hours before going back on the shelves

(30 Jun 2020) SINGAPORE – All books returned to libraries, which are reopening on Wednesday (July 1), will be set aside for about 24 hours before being put back on shelves. This is part of the effort to keep users safe from the coronavirus, which causes Covid-19. Responding to queries from The Straits Times on Tuesday, a National […]


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Singapore: Libraries and government service centres to reopen gradually

(18 Jun 2020) From Singapore: More public spaces will progressively be made accessible when Singapore enters phase two of its reopening tomorrow (19th June), including public libraries, various government service centres and common areas in public housing estates such as playgrounds and fitness corners. In a statement yesterday, the Public Service Division said the reopening after […]


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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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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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askST@NLB: 200 turn up for talk on fake news law

(27 Sep 2019) About 200 people attended a talk at the Central Library on Friday evening (Sept 27) to learn more about Singapore’s fake news law and how it will affect them. The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) was passed in Parliament in May this year and has not come into effect. The 1 1/2-hour […]


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Singapore Institute of Technology is to have a new smart campus

This new campus, the first of its kind in South-east Asia, is visualised to be a ‘living lab’ which incorporates applied research and innovation for SIT and its partners. (11 Sep 2019) The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) will be having a new campus which will employ technology and innovation methods for managing the energy needs […]


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NTU Singapore is hiring Assistant Director, Research Data Management Team

(5 Sep 2019)  Nanyang Technological University Singapore is hiring Assistant Director, Research Data Management Team. The successful candidate will: Work closely with the Team Lead, Research Data Management to design and implement strategies and plans that will help NTU researchers achieve maximum benefits of research data management and sharing while meeting funding agencies, publishers and […]


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European Patent Office looks to deepen IP cooperation with Singapore, Asia

(29 Aug 2019)  The European Patent Office (EPO) has seen a growing number of patent applications from Singapore and other parts of Asia, and is looking to bolster cooperation with the region. More details can be found from the original post here.  


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New exhibition commemorates century of Islamic literature in Singapore

(1 Aug 2019) The exhibition, Treasures Of Muslim Scholars: 100 Years Of Singapore Literary Heritage, was launched by President Halimah Yacob at the National Library Building on Thursday (Aug 1). Supported by the National Heritage Board (NHB), the exhibition is a sequel to Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association’s (Pergas) first national-level exhibition held in […]


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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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Smart library to house 1.5m books

Robots and artificial intelligence help power joint China-Singapore library project (11 June 2019) A smart library joint venture between China and Singapore, using robots and artificial intelligence (AI), is drawing praise from round the world, some hailing it as a successful combination of technology and eco-lifestyle. The China-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city Library and Archives says it […]


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