Reading Groups

 
1.       What is a Reading Group?

 

A reading group comprises a small group of people who meet regularly to discuss some common areas of interest or issues. For the purpose of recognition by PDS, the reading group should confine their areas of interest to issues relating to library and information work.

 

2.       Purpose of a Reading Group?

 

The purpose of a reading group is to help members keep up-to-date or acquire expertise or knowledge in a specific area of their profession. Participation in a reading group can help members gain better grasp of the areas of interest through sharing varied viewpoints and promote better networking and self-help among members.

 

3.       How to form a Reading Group?

 

A reading group can be formed by any group of librarians either from within an organization or across organizations. To ensure that members have opportunities to participate actively, the group should not exceed 8 people. Members can decide on how to structure their group and activities. Some suggestions are given below

 
a.       Group specific.
      • The group (or a member) selects an article or book to discuss
      • All members read the article/book before coming together for discussion
      • Discussion of article/book could revolve around the following: clarifying and interpretation, raising pertinent issues arising from the reading, reflection leading to further reading or written work.

b.       Topic specific.

      • Group focus on specific topical areas, either broad or specific
      • The group (or a member) selects a topic to discuss and assign each member of the group to investigate an aspect of the topic
      • Each member of the group than take turns to present their findings from reading of the topic followed by discussion

 

4.       How to register a reading group with PDS?

 

a.       Form your reading group, decide on a group name and appoint a leader or contact person.

 

b.       Register the group by sending an email with the following details to Secretary, PDS Working Committee las.pds.09@gmail.com

 

c.       Details required:

 

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Name of Group

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Purpose of Group (optional)

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Nature of group (Same organization; Across organization)

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Names of participants

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Leader/contact person

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Date initiated

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Proposed meeting frequency

 

d.       Your group registration will be shown in this website

 

e.       Carry out your reading circle activities. It is suggested that the group meet at least once every 2 months or more frequently

 

f.       If you already have a reading group since Jan 2008, you may also register retrospectively.

 

g.       In order to qualify for PDS points award, the group must meet at least 4 times per year.
REGISTERED READING GROUPS:

Name of Group

Temasek Polytechnic Library Reading Circle

Purpose of Group

To promote the exchange of professional knowledge among librarians at the Temasek Polytechnic Library. The Circle will also encourage participants to think about relevant topics outside of their own particular field of professional interest or expertise

Nature of group

Members from within Temasek Polytechnic

Names of participants

Puspa Yeow, Chia Wei Fun, Mustafa, Loh Hui Hong, Koh Hwee Keng, Terri Ho Mui Huay, Yap Clara, Ong Peik Keng

Leader/contact person

Loh Hui Hong (huihong@tp.edu.sg)

Date initiated

Sep 2008

Proposed meeting frequency

4 times a year

Amendment history

Date amended : Jan 2012

Deleted members : Angela Tan Ching Ling & Debby Wegener

Members added : Yap Clara & Ong Peik Keng

Leader changed : From Debby Wegener to Loh Hui Hong

  
 

Name of Group

Reading Circle@NUS Libraries

Purpose of Group

To share our thoughts and the learning points we got out of reading

books and articles

Nature of group

Members from NUS Libraries

Names of participants

Kho Su Yian, Patrick Lye, Nureza Ahmad, Poh Swee Lian, Tan Lay Tin, Wong Kah Wei

Leader/contact person

Wong Kah Wei

Date initiated

Dec 2008

Proposed meeting frequency

4 times a year

  

Name of Group

Citation Analysis Club

Purpose of Group

To enhance knowledge in issues related to impact measurement of scholarly communication

Nature of group

Members from within NTU Library

Names of participants

Rashmi Mahadev Lad; Samantha Ang; Wendy Ong; Akbar Hakim; Lim Kong Meng; RamaRavikumar Ramakrishnan; Han Lee Yen; Lek Li Keng; Er Bee Eng

Leader/contact person

Rashmi Mahadev Lad (rmlad@ntu.edu.sg)

Date initiated

Jan 2009

Proposed meeting frequency

12 times a year

 

Name of Group

Singapore Polytechnic Library Reading Group

Purpose of Group

To share and exchange professional knowledge among librarians at the Singapore Polytechnic Library, User Services Section

Nature of group

Members from within Singapore Polytechnic Library

Names of participants

Charlotte Toh, Edmund Lee, Goh Beng Hwee, Kamaludeen Mohamed Rafi, Khoo Ai Ling, Mary Goh, Ooi Kooi Cheng, Yeo Eng Ling, Jennifer Gan Mei Lin, K Venkatachalam

Leader/contact person

Kamaludeen Mohamed Rafi (rafi@sp.edu.sg)

Date initiated

Apr 2009

Proposed meeting frequency

4 times a year

Amendment history

Date amended : 3 Mar 2010

Deleted members : Cher Sen Keuk,

Members added : Jennifer Gan Mei Lin, K Venkatachalam

Leader changed : From Cher Sen Keuk to Kamaludeen Mohamed Rafi

 

Name of Group

BSD@NTULib

Purpose of Group

To keep up-to-date with the latest cataloguing related trends and other related issues.

Nature of group

Members from within NTU Library

Names of participants

Goh Su Nee, Padmaja Muralidharan, Lena Sam, Chua Junjie, Cheng Wei Yeow, Jenny Wong Pei Hong, Ong Siew Chin, Law Loo Shien

Leader/contact person

Ong Siew Chin (siewchin@ntu.edu.sg)

Date initiated

25 May 2009

Proposed meeting frequency

4 times a year

Amendment history

Date amended : 12 Mar 2012

Deleted members : Wang Lina, Tan Han Yong, Norlisa Binte Othman, Liu Yan

Members added : Chua Junjie, Alexis Gan Hwee Chin, Jenny Wong Pei Hong, Ong Siew Chin

Leader changed : From Cheng Wei Yeow to Lena Sam

Date amended : 12 Apr 2013

Leader changed : From Lena Sam to Ong Siew Chin

Deleted members : Alexis Gan Hwee Chin

Members added : Law Loo Shien

 

 

 Name of Group

 SP Library TS Reading Circle

 Purpose of Group

To share and exchange professional knowledge among Technical Services librarians at the Singapore Polytechnic Library. The group will focus on technical services areas but will also explore other library related issues.

 Nature of group

Members from Singapore Polytechnic Library

 Names of participants

Cher Sen Keuk, Heng Kai Leong, Koh Chern Chern, Sally Wong, Tham Mei Choo, Wan Ho Wah, Wan Lye Tim

 Leader/contact person

Cher Sen Keuk (senkeuk@sp.edu.sg)

 Date initiated

Jul 2009 

 Proposed meeting frequency

4 times a year

Amendment history

Date amended : 3 Mar 2010

Deleted members : Jennifer Gan, K Venkatachalam 

Members added : Koh Chern Chern

Leader changed : From Jennifer Gan to Cher Sen Keuk

 

Name of Group

Reference Reading Circle

Purpose of Group

To share and update knowledge on reference issues and trends

Nature of group

Members within NTU Library

Names of participants

Ruan Yang, Wendy Ong, Balbindar Kaur Dhaliwal, Ng Mee Ling, Esther Wong Oi May, Er Bee Eng, Frank Seah Eng Kiat, Emma Wilcox

Leader/contact person

Esther Wong Oi May (omwong@ntu.edu.sg)

Date initiated

2 March 2010

Proposed meeting frequency

4 times a year

Amendment history

Date amended : 16 Apr 2012

Deleted members : Teng Soek Leng

Members added : Frank Seah Eng Kiat, RamaRavikumar Ramakrishnan

Date further amended : 23 Jul 2012

Deleted members : Chen Peishan

Members added : Er Bee Eng

Leader changed : From Chen Peishan to Esther Wong Oi May

Date amended : 20 Feb 2013

Deleted member : RamaRavikumar Ramakrishnan

Member added : Emma Wilcox

 

Name of Group

Engineering & Computer Science @ NUS Libraries

Purpose of Group

To share and gain knowledge of library resources and services related to engineering and computer science

Nature of group

Members from NUS Libraries

Names of participants

Toh Kim Kee, Yap Yoke Moi, Ng Yen Ping Stephanie, Tan Poh Lay, Iftikhar Hayat, Ng Chee Yong, Quek Yoong Thai (Andy), Pu Fang Chiong (Patrick),  Tanudjaja Irine

Leader/contact person

Toh Kim Kee

Date initiated

Jan 2011

Proposed meeting frequency

4 times a year

Amendment history

Date amended : 17 Apr 2012

Deleted members : Quek Yoong Thai (Andy)

Members added : Iftikhar Hayat

Date amended : 14 Oct 2013

Deleted members : Pu Fang Chiong (Patrick)

Leader changed : From Patrick Pu to Toh Kim Kee

Members added : Quek Yoong Thai (Andy), Loo Lay Yen

Date amended : 8 Apr 2014

Deleted members : Low Ke Khoon, Loo Lay Yen

Members added : Pu Fang Chiong (Patrick)

Date amended : 27 Oct 2014

Deleted member : Wong Suei Nee

Member added :  Tanudjaja Irine

 
 
 
 

Name of Group

East Asia Studies Reading Circle

Purpose of Group

To share knowledge and keep up-to-date with the latest research trends in Chinese and Japanese Studies, and strengthen the library collection to foster the research of these two fields.

Nature of group

Members from NUS Libraries & NTU Libraries

Names of participants

Cheng Wei Yeow , Chow Chai Khim, Lee Ching Seng, Lin Yung Mei, Ruan Yang , Sim Chuin Peng, Tham Wai Fong, Wu Yaoyao, Yuan Ye

Leader/contact person

Tham Wai Fong

Date initiated

Jan 2012

Proposed meeting frequency

4 times a year

Amendment history

Date amended : 5 June 2013

Name of Group changed from “Reading Circle@NUS Chinese Library” to “East Asia Studies Reading Circle”

Nature of Group changed from “Members from NUS Libraries” to “Members from NUS Libraries & NTU Libraries”

Members added : Cheng Wei Yeow, Ruan Yang, Wu Yaoyao

 

 

Name of Group

DL@NTULib

Purpose of Group

To keep up-to-date with the latest Digital Library trends/initiatives in academic libraries across the globe

Nature of group

Members from NTU Libraries

Names of participants

Wu Yao Yao, Tham Jing Wen, Leena Shah, Men Yali, Du Juan, K Venkatachalam

Leader/contact person

K Venkatachalam (Venki@ntu.edu.sg)

Date initiated

February 2013

Proposed meeting frequency

4 times a year

Amendment history

 

 

Name of Group

TP Library : Reading Circle on New Trends

Purpose of Group

To discuss and share Library Planning; Library Technology Application & Knowledge;

Library Trends, including analytics and interactivity aspects, so as to acquire, promote and publicise resources with an aim to initiate and engage users in the ever-changing media landscape.

Nature of group

Members from within Temasek Polytechnic

Names of participants

Norlisa Binte Othman, Norain Bte Akil, Wong Choy Ming, Jessie Kom Fong Hwee, Julinah Sabria Binte Abu Bakar, Seng Sheh Lee, Ruby, Tan Han Yong

Leader/contact person

Wong Choy Ming (choyming@tp.edu.sg)

Date initiated

Jan 2012

Proposed meeting frequency

4 times a year

Amendment history

Date amended : Jan 2013

Members added : Jessie Kom

Date amended : Jan 2014

Members added : Julinah Sabria, Ruby Seng & Tan Han Yong