Expat Life Survival Guide 1: Doing research

I recalled the 'euphoria' of landing the job - as an expat librarian in the Middle -East. I remembered sharing this with my wife, and she reminded me that it was kind of long overdue - apparently, she had wanted us to move abroad after getting married. Well, better late than never.Back to the topic. … Continue reading Expat Life Survival Guide 1: Doing research

Life as an E-Resources Librarian in a Graduate Research University based in Saudi Arabia

Disclaimer: The following is my own personal account as a Singaporean Expat living in Saudi and may be different for others (usually based on their country's passport *wink*).  I have been working in the library field for close to 20 years. Before proceeding further, I'd like to thank my wife for sharing this journey with … Continue reading Life as an E-Resources Librarian in a Graduate Research University based in Saudi Arabia

Do you ‘stamp’ books for a living? (Kerja abg ‘cap’ buku ke?)

I used to get lots of questions on what I do as a librarian.  Did I 'stamp' due dates on books; how many 'stamps' did I make in one day and so forth.  At times, it made me feel like 'stamping' their foreheads with the book rubber stamps.  However, I realize that it's not all … Continue reading Do you ‘stamp’ books for a living? (Kerja abg ‘cap’ buku ke?)

Those early days … in the library

I started my career in librarianship in this library.  That was more than 20 years ago.  I remembered walking into the building, anticipating what the first day was going to be like.  I was fresh out of university and was eager to jump into the unknown.  I had read about librarianship in the newspapers and … Continue reading Those early days … in the library