About me

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog posts.  This blog was started in 2016 – Urged by someone who told me to start a blog to chronicle my experience when I made the move from Singapore to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

I graduated from Queensland Uni of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, in Information Technology (Bachelor); majoring in Information Management.  (That was when I fell in love with librarianship). While working in an academic institution in Singapore, I was sponsored by my employer to continue with my education – MSc, Masters program in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (Information Studies).  I won’t forget those 2 years of slogging and working full-time; plus my twin girls were born around the same time I started my Masters.  So I became a dad, hubby, student and an employee all rolled into one 🙂

I have worked in the library arena close to 25 years. Started my career at Singapore Polytechnic Library as a Reference Librarian.  Led a Quality Circle team that won a National Award for a library project on Library Booking system.   During my time at Singapore Polytechnic, I also took up the role as an Advisor to the Singapore Polytechnic Malay Language Society.  

After spending more than ten years at Singapore Polytechnic, I moved to Li Ka Shing Library, Singapore Management University to work as a Reference Librarian cum Webmaster.  One of my significant accomplishments was leading the library website usability project. 

Before joining NTU Library in 2018, I had the opportunity to work in an International Graduate Research University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for almost 10 years.  Some of my achievements at KAUST include: leading several projects in the area of Electronic Resources Management, Web Discovery Layer Services and Usability Study.    

Served on the following committees and groups:

  • ER&L Committee (Communications), USA, 2016 – 2018
  • IGELU (International Group of Ex Libris Users): Summon product working group, International, 2016 – 2018
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), The Digital Library: Library Advisory Board, 2013 and 2017
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Corresponding member, Aug 2017 – 2019

Currently serving on the following committees and groups:

  • Library Association of Singapore,
    – Council Member, 2019 – 2021
    – Member, 2018 – 2019

Presently, I am the Assistant Director of NTU Library’s Advisory and Consultation Team. Among my responsibilities include planning and providing leadership in the provision of advisory and consultation services and information support to faculty, researchers and students in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CoHASS) among others. In addition to that, I also serves as a liaison librarian and provides outreach to the CoHASS cluster.

My spare time revolves around spending quality time with my family, reading, traveling and blogging (my new found hobby). Not forgetting: Sparring with my son with the PS4 games.

More info in my LinkedIn account.

Disclaimer:  All posts in this blog are reflections of my own thoughts, NOT of anyone or any organization.

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