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Back at the office again

This is already my second day at the office and I am resuming normal life. I want to thank all who posted comments on the blog posts. There are three things I toke home from this trip which I think might be usefull for our library: Rotating short shifts for reference librarians at the library desk.  At the Temasek Polytechnic…

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I’m at the airport now

Pffffffff. In about two hours my plane wil fly via Paris to Amsterdam. It will take about 17 hours. For me it is allright to go home. I have not seen all, but quite a lot and it has been a busy week. This afternoon I visited the Singapore Zoo, which is indeed very nice. I’ll…

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The ACM Library Advisory Board Meeting

This year there was a majority of women and the majority of participants came from Asia. My colleague from Turkey with whom I had to deliver a presentation on Open Access, didn’t show up. But this was no problem, my presentation went well and OA was a returning topic during the whole meeting. Scott Delman highlighted some of the…

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Library visit

As last activity for the IFLA WLIC conference numerous library visits were planned. As the visit to the Science Library was completely booked I choose for the Temasek Polytecnic Library. I could not have made a better choice. It was very very very nice, not in the least by our very friendly host Mustafa Mahadi, who combines…

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“Thank you for inviting me”

Yesterday was the last day of the conference. I attended two sessions, one about education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine Libraries and one about Open Access in Knowledge Management. The speakers came from all continents and some of them began their talks by thanking the organizing committee, the Singaporean Library for giving them a grant…

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IFLA turns out to be a useful organization

The Big Hotel is very new and lacks a breakfast facility, but that does not matter because 50 meters down Middle Road there is coffee and tea shop called Ya Kun Kaya Toast (probably translates to The Toast that Binds). As told to me this is quite famous in Singapore for its breakfasts. There are four very friendly ladies behind…

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Beach party!

Today started with a lecture about the unknown known by the Singaporean writer/blogger Cherian George, which was quite interesting. It highlighted the political backgrounds of several political movements around the world which are unknown to the great public, but could actually be well known if they were not misleaded and misinformed by mass communication media. This…

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Bad luck

Yesterday I had a bit of a bad day. I thought I knew a little bit how it works here, but was unexpectedly drawn back to my feet by reality. The opening session was quite interesting about eBooks. This turns out to be the greatest challenge for libraries at the moment, which I do believe.   Then,…

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It’s rather nice though

After some adjustments to the air conditioning I slept perfectly and wakeup this morning without a jetlag. The bus system here is, although very clear and simple in design, in reality difficult to comprehend. There are a lot of one direction roads and it’s not clear when the bus will appear. So standing at the bus stop…

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The first and last time…

In March I got an invitation for the ACM international Library Advisory Board (LAB) meeting in Singapore this August. I am participating in the ACM Library Advisory Board since 2011. Probably I was invited the first time because I am the contact person for the ACM at the University of Amsterdam. I had several hesitations to…