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The possibilities for innovative library products and services offered by the web and handheld
devices are almost limitless. This make the profession especially exciting to be in.
Ngian Lek Choh, Director, National Library
A good librarian is one who is confident and comfortable when dealing with people, is an
independent learner and has a strong sense of curiosity. This person will find librarianship an
attractive profession.
Choy Fatt Cheong, University Librarian, NTU
Increasingly too, we are delivering services to users in their own space....The greatest satisfaction in the job is to be able to help users in their use and search for information.
Sylvia Yap, Director, NUS Libraries
Become a librarian, grab opportunities and see the world!
Ruth A. Pagell, University Librarian, SMU
Librarians bring value to companies in many industries through their professional expertise in
managing information. The challenges are both rewarding and varied.
Joseph Kennedy, Library and Information Services Manager, Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow
Library Association of Singapore
Being a Librarian
Why be a librarian?
If you
As technology allows the storage and uploading of information at ever greater
speeds and quantities, people are becoming oerwhelmed by the “information
overload”. The information professional is a much needed guide to aid people
in their search for knowledge.
Are interested in new technologies and how they can help people
Enjoy doing research
Communicate well and enjoy teaching others
Like surfing the web for information but are frustrated by the way information
is organized
• Would rather read the news on the web than on paper
It takes all kinds to run a library!
What do librarians do?
• Help users find the information they need for assignments, business, research
or leisure
• Teach information literacy to children, adults or university students
• Inform professionals of the latest research findings
• Provide competitive intelligence
• Develop programmes and events
• Organize and classify information
• Manage personnel and budgets
Librarians work in:
Corporations : Law firms, banks, news agencies, hospitals etc...
Academic institutions : Polytechnics, Universities, Research Institutes etc...
Non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations : UNESCO,
Amnesty International, etc...
Public and National libraries
The librarian learns to seek, organize and locate information from a wide
variety of sources, from print materials such as books and magazines to
electronic databases. This knowledge is needed by all industries and fields,
allowing librarians flexibility in choosing their working environments and in
developing their areas of expertise.
The librarian keeps apace with the latest technological advances in the
course of their work. They are web authors, bloggers, active in Second Life.
They release podcasts, produce online videos and instant message their
users. The librarian rides at the forefront of the technology wave, always
looking out for new and better ways to organize and retrieve information
for their users.
At the same time, librarians remember their roots, in traditional print and
physical libraries, and continue to acquire and preserve books, journals
and other physical media for their current users and for future generations.
How do I become a librarian?
You have several options:
• A basic university degree in any subject and a Master’s in Library Science
• A basic university degree in any subject and a postgraduate diploma in
Library Science
• A basic university degree in Library Science
The qualification in Library Science may be known by different names,
depending on the university or college you attend. An apprenticeship or
training period in a library is usually mandatory. This is a good opportunity
to work in a library and find out what kind of library work interests you. The
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in NTU offers a
Master of Science in Information Studies.
Library Association of Singapore
About LAS
LAS started in 1955, when a group of 36 enthusiastic librarians gathered in
Singapore to formally adopt the Constitution of the Malayan Library Group.
After Singapore’s separation from Malaysia, the Association members
decided to adopt the name Library Association of Singapore as its official
registered name on 25 March 1972.
Today, the LAS remains the main national organization representing the
interests of libraries and librarians in Singapore. It continues to be run by
a Council of 11 members.
LAS is at:
National Library Board
100 Victoria Street #14-01
Singapore 188064
Email: [email protected]