Friday, October 26, 2007

Wanted: Citizen-Reporters for library@orchard

I'm helping my colleagues with this event for library@orchard's closure/ relocation. Interested bloggers are invited to attend a "truly brief, briefing" on 30th Oct 2007, 7.30pm at library@orchard.

We'll have an honest discussion with you on why we're doing this, and what you're expected to do. I'm supposed to do the briefing. I promise not to ramble!

The library@orchard won't be "control-freaky" about you reporting for the library@orchard. You don't need to let the library vet your posts before publishing.

Oh, while the library would like to publicly acknowledge bloggers who are eventually appointed as the "official bloggers", you can choose not to reveal your real names (i.e. we'll consistently use your blogger identity if that's what you're most comfortable). Anyway, details will be at the briefing session.

If you're interested, feel free to write to the email address indicated below. Or you can email me if you prefer ( or

We'd be grateful if you can pass the message along as well (and thanks to the folks at Tomorrow.SG for highlighting the post).

From the library@orchard blog:

Calling for Citizen-Reporters for library@orchard

Be involved in the closure of the library@orchard!
From now until Nov 30, we’re looking for bloggers who are willing to act as Citizen Reporters.

Read on for more details!

Sounds interesting, what do I have to do?
We’d like you to report on events from now till our final farewell bash on Nov 30. Or you could write opinion pieces about the library, eg. your experiences (ok, so long as it’s not X-rated) in the library or what you hope it’ll be in 2 years time etc.

OR photoblog it etc. It’s kind of like “Save, i.e. preserve the library@orchard through photos, text, videos etc”, since the physical location will be gone.

Ok… so far so good, but what’s next?
You’ll need to attend a truly brief briefing on the 30th of Oct, 7.30pm at the library@orchard (RSVP by dropping an email to . During this session, register your interest with us. Upon confirmation, we’ll give you a pass when you are in the library, that identifies you as our Citizen Reporter. This will give you the ”licence” to interview people in (or staff of) the library@orchard, and even access our secret-secret workroom.

Har, must attend briefing??
Yah… We won’t vet your posts, photos or videos. However, the reason for organising this briefing is so that you’ll have a better understanding what we are trying to do and some of the concerns the library might have. Plus, it’s a chance to meet up and discuss stuff in person (we are nice people, ok). And we will feed you. With food.

What about the intellectual rights to my stuff? Will the library be control-freaky?
You can post your content to whichever site you want or upload it wherever you like. Just pass us a link or let us feature it on our blog and (potentially other publicity material) as well.

Riiiight… So! What’s in it for me?
We’ll credit your names/blogs in our official press releases (if you’d rather not be featured, that’s cool too). And you’ll get guaranteed invites to our farewell party (limited space available ah). Oh and also tokens of appreciation just for bothering to blog about the library@orchard.


  1. Anonymous11:04 pm

    heh. I only saw this tonight...Would have loved to come. Guess i missed it. Hope you guys had a good meeting. Look forward to reading reports/ blog posts about it!

  2. Hi Priscilla,
    It was a good briefing. Will be blogging about it later. Well if you're really, really interested,we can arrange a separate briefing for you and sign you up!

  3. Hi Ivan
    Thanks for the briefing tonight. Not only I had fun, I am thrilled to be part of this special activity. I believe in no coincidence that I chanced upon NLB website and be part of the briefing.

    Anyway, I admire your passion and dedication towards the reading community. It's rare to find someone who's so focused and dedicated nowadays. (Speaking of myself too -.-" who's not so erm ... dedicated ... yet).

    I hope library will have more activities like this in the future.

    Keep up the great work.

  4. Anonymous8:57 pm

    Hey Ivan, dropped you a separate note on facebook.


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