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February 5th, 2017
“Project Eureka” with the Ministry of Education (MOE) started in 2005. This is our 12th year in progress and the Project is one of its kind with a consortium model of 370 schools using the Spydus Integrated Library Management System. Most schools have also opted to have a Civica School Librarian to operate their libraries. Our Civica library staff play an important role in helping the MOE achieve its bigger vision “Building a sustainable reading culture”. They work with the school teachers on the reading programmes conducted in the school. Schools that subscribed to Civica’s manpower services are also offered 80 reading programme packages with resources, developed based on themes such as World events, Authors and Genres. With a shift in focus by MOE for the 3rd contract that started in 2015, we also now provide a bi- annual collection profiling report – an analysis on each school’s collection, loan and borrowing trends.
Tales of ’S’ continues
Tales of ‘S’ is one of the most popular annual programmes for students across Singapore. It is a creative writing competition in which students submit short stories based on a theme, with the winning entries published as a limited edition print book for winners and an eBook made available across all MOE school libraries. This the 7th year of competition and we have over 250 published student authors to date. The theme of this year’s short story is “superpowers”. We look forward to the student submissions on this theme!
Closely related to our long standing Project Eureka is Read@Academy, the library serving the Academy of Singapore Teachers under the Ministry of Education. Read@Academy is the latest win under Managed Libraries in Singapore for both LMS and Manpower Services. With a go-live date set for Jan 1 this year, it was a race for the Singapore’s Implementation team. Unlike other implementations, this project had to meet some stringent security requirements set by the authority IMDA’s CyberWatch Centre, Singapore’s infocomm security watchdog. The team completed the implementation with zero vulnerabilities! This would not have been possible without the great team work from the Civica Global Team.
Our team of Civica librarians took over the library operations on 3rd Jan, providing services that include the School Delivery Service and Mobile Library Service. The School Delivery Service is a special service provided to deliver books reserved by teachers to their schools, all over the island. The Mobile Library Service aims to promote the library’s resources to teachers at events organised by the schools or the Ministry. Our library staff would facilitate the borrowing of these resources.