For immediate release | November 5, 2012

How Singapore took a global lead in library transformation—ALA Midwinter Masters session

CHICAGO — In a two-part ALA Midwinter Meeting Masters session - from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, - Katherina Lee and Lee Kee Siang from the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore will address changes that have led NLB to be considered a global leader in transformation.

In “Library Technology Adoption and Transformation Journey,” Lee Kee Siang will show how the NLB has emphasized leveraging technology to offer dynamic, innovative services and how the significant opportunities provided by advances in technologies such as RFID, search engines, mobile and social media apps enable the organization to stay in the forefront of meeting customers’ needs. In “Transformation of Libraries in Singapore,” Katherina Lee will discuss how establishing the National Library Board in 1995 marked a radical shift in organizational paradigms, moving from a reactive mode to anticipating future trends and innovating for excellence in providing library and information services.

Katherina Lee is a senior staff member of the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore and has worked in various NLB divisions, developing expertise in library consultancy, partnerships, business and library portal development, electronic content operations management and procurement and library service concept. She is currently executive director and principal consultant of Cybrarian Ventures Pte Ltd (CVPL), the wholly owned company of the National Library Board Singapore and international arm for exporting NLB’s library development and management expertise, experience, products and services worldwide. She has been instrumental in establishing extensive business networks for CVPL in China, the Middle East, North America and Southeast Asia.

Lee Kee Siang manages the InfoComm Division of NLB and is responsible for mapping out its IT Strategic Planning and adoption. He is certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT and holds certifications in IT Business Continuity Management and Outsourcing Manager of IT. He is also a member of the National Grid Advisory Council.

The ALA Masters Series is a Midwinter Meeting chance to hear and talk to experts from across library specialties as they describe their latest in-house innovations in these fast-paced sessions (to which attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch). The 45-minute sessions offer insights into the hottest trends and how librarians are stepping up to them.

ALA Midwinter Meeting registration and housing are open. Important conversations about the transformation and future of libraries will be taking place in Seattle, Jan. 25-29

For attendees who need support in making their case for attending and why they’ll be more valuable to their institutions afterwards, ALA offers resources that include step-by-step guidelines for what information to present, what previous attendees have said about what they took home from ALA conferences and events, a sample budget worksheet, and more. Those resources are available on the Midwinter website.

ALA Midwinter Meeting. The conversation starts here …


Amy R McGuigan