NLB widens its array of digital offerings
More to read during this extended COVID-19 circuit breaker period.
Seniors can enjoy the National Library Board’s (NLB) widening of its array of digital offerings during this extended COVID-19 circuit breaker period. They include:
- Being able to read about the world with free access to eight local newspapers published by Singapore Press Holdings on go.gov.sg/nlb-enews. They can log in with their myLibrary IDs to access current issues, and past issues going as far back as seven to 13 days.
- There are 10 new international magazine titles that have been added to the OverDrive collection, bringing the total to 60. The new titles include Allure, Billboard, Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone, The Economist, The Hollywood Reporter, The New Yorker and Wired. OverDrive eMagazines have a 21-day loan period and are on simultaneous access, which means there is no limit to the number of patrons who can borrow them at the same time. Go to: https://libbyapp.com/library/nlb/generated-1033938/page-1.
- NLB has also launched a MakeIT Facebook group, as part of PIXEL Labs@NLB. It aims to be a community space for makers and would-be makers to gather and share knowledge, projects and ideas. The Facebook group page will be updated regularly with news, educational posts, eBook recommendations and online workshops on digital making. This also includes DIY activities that can be done at home. Interested participants can join the online Facebook learning community at (http://go.gov.sg/makeit) or refer to Go Library (www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary) for more details on upcoming virtual programmes.
- Recognising that this may be a stressful period, the second series of NLB’s curated learning package called “A New Normal” has been released and covers topics such as social relationships, home-based learning, sports and fitness, digital workplaces and the impact of technology on learning. New topics will be released every Monday and Thursday in the month of May – https://mobileapp.nlb.gov.sg/spotlight/.
- NLB has launched the NLB QR login for databases, which offers patrons another way to sign into NLB services without having to key in their myLibrary ID and password. Now, all you need to do to access NLB’s eResources (https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/main/) is scan the QR code on the login page with the NLB mobile app.
- Time of Your Life Series features informative talks and creative workshops themed “Stay Home & Read/Play/Learn” on topics relevant to those 50 years old and above. Interested participants may register through Go Library (www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary) to receive a link to the virtual programme on the day of the event. There are also talks by librarians from the National Library. Topics include exploration of the horror heritage and its evolution in Singapore to how food plays a part in our everyday lives as captured by artists, writers and filmmakers.
- There is also “Archives Invites”, a talk series by distinguished invited speakers that traces Singapore’s social past through collections from the archives. “Archives Unlocked” is a talk series by staff from the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) who will highlight interesting materials in the archives collection. Together, both talk series highlight the stories of our nation and allow our current and future generations to understand, explore and appreciate our common heritage. The first videos were made available online on April 2, with talks released every two weeks. The videos are accessible from NAS’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NationalArchivesSG/).