Off to Hong Kong in a few hours time.
To present a paper at the Hong Kong Library Association 50th Anniversary Conference.
My paper is on the various digital/ new media initiatives our Public Library Service initiated (starting in 2005 with this event, then this in 2006, followed by this and also this in 2007, then this being latest for 2008):
CHANGING THE WORLD: ONE NEW FRIEND AT A TIME (REACHING OUT TO TEENAGE USERS OF OUR PUBLIC LIBRARIES)
By Mr. Ivan Chew, Manager, Adult & Young People's Services (Public Libraries). National Library Board, Singapore
Teenagers (13 to 19 years) are a user group that the Singapore public libraries find difficult to reach. One reason is that the typical library programmes (e.g. talks and lectures) do not appeal to them. In response, the Singapore Public Library has been using digital mediums like blogs and Instant Messaging in its programmes and activities for teens. The strategy has been to leverage on teens being IT savvy, so that programmes for teens are relevant and meaningful to them. In addition, the library also seeks to involve teens overseas, through various overseas partners.
This paper presents case studies from the NLB Public Library's programmes for its teen library users. It will share the learning points in conducting those events, and also discuss the library's future plans.
Two other NLB colleagues -- Ivy Lee (National Library), and Ian Yap (Public Library) -- will also be speaking at the conference.
Say, all our names start with "I", lol.
After the 2-day conference, Ian and myself will be on a study-visit to a few libraries of the Hong Kong Public Library.
As usual, I'll try to share what I can (where appropriate) from the conference proceedings, and from the library visits.
[Next: Part 2]