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Aaron Tay
Works at Singapore Management University
Attended Qiaonan Primary
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[Personal] Moving on from my first library job
After over 7 years of working at NUS, I am finally moving on. I am very grateful for the opportunities given to me here and I have changed and grown far beyond I expected. This period has been by far the most eventful period in my life, I've changed so much...
After over 7 years of working at NUS, I am finally moving on. I am very grateful for the opportunities given to me here and I have changed and grown far beyond I expected. This period has been by far the most eventful period in my life, I've changed so much I wager the newbie librarian who first ...
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Four possible Web Scale Discovery Future Scenarios
I was recently invited to give a talk at the Swedish Summon User Group meeting and I presented about possible scenarios for the future of web scale discovery. As Web Scale Discovery in libraries goes back to roughly 2009, most academic libraries have by now...
I was recently invited to give a talk at the Swedish Summon User Group meeting and I presented about possible scenarios for the future of web scale discovery. As Web Scale Discovery in libraries goes back to roughly 2009, most academic libraries have by now had 2-3 years of grappling with the ...
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From Confusion to Expertise - an experimental post on Medium
https://medium.com/@aarontay/from-confusion-to-expertise-d04bd02d2ec6 Trying something new this time. I have started to post on Medium. Read the post " From Confusion to Expertise " there. Some brief impressions The interface is indeed as clean and well des...
One of the selling points of Medium, where you can easily submit to "collections" is gone. In the past you could submit your stories to any collection without prior invites. You could also submit one story to more than one collection. It was one of the selling points of Medium, where you only ...
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8 surprising things I learnt about Google Scholar
Google Scholar is increasingly becoming a subject that an academic librarian cannot afford to be ignorant about. Various surveys have shown usage of Google Scholar is rising among researchers, particularly beginning and intermediate level researchers .  Our...
I would like to set out 8 points/features on Google Scholar that surprised me when I learnt about them, I hope they are things you find surprising or interesting as well. 1. Google does not include full text of articles but Google Scholar does. I always held the idea without considering it too ...
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3 ways libraries try to help improve search results in discovery services
Library web scale discovery systems are great. They break down the silos between books , articles and other content types. They provide the "one-search" box experience that our users claim to want. But problems exist (See my overview - 8 things we know abou...
Library web scale discovery systems are great. They break down the silos between books , articles and other content types. They provide the "one-search" box experience that our users claim to want. But problems exist (See my overview - 8 things we know about web scale discovery systems in 2013 ...
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Questioning the status quo
I like to question why. I don't believe the status quo or the way things are is always the best that is possible. I ask why. I agitate for change. I try new things.  But after over almost 7 years of working on various projects and initiating various changes...
Other times, I like to explain in detail the thinking behind the way things are, the various options we tried or considered trying (this works best for things directly under my charge such as Summon, Social media, Chat, etc where I can give a full accounting of things) and then ask "Given the ...
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A Bento style search in LibGuides v2
LibGuides V2 Search Display Like many libraries right now, my institution is working towards upgrading to SpringShare LibGuides V2. Update 15/1/2014 just went live! Like many libraries, we took the opportunity to revamp many aspects of Libguides v2. One of ...
One of the main questions that vexed us was, what should the LibGuides homepage do? What purpose should it serve that distinguished it from the library home page? Most academic libraries use the LibGuides home as a landing page to list all their libraries' subject guides and topic guides.
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A personal review of 2014
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Somehow though, I doubt successful libraries are all alike except in the most general of ways. Still, these are some of the changes or trends in librarianship in the year of 201...
Still, these are some of the changes or trends in librarianship in the year of 2014 that resonated with me or occupied me. A lot of it probably is highly specific to my current institution and environment so your mileage might vary. 1. Open Access finally takes off in academic libraries ...
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How should academic library websites change in an open access world?
In How academic libraries may change when Open Access becomes the norm  , I argued that as open access takes hold, academic libraries will increasingly focus on Expertise based services like bibliometrics, open access publishing, GIS services, Research data...
In How academic libraries may change when Open Access becomes the norm , I argued that as open access takes hold, academic libraries will increasingly focus on Expertise based services like bibliometrics, open access publishing, GIS services, Research data management and more.
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Size of Google Scholar vs other indexes, personally tuned discovery layers & other discovery news
Regular readers of my blog know that I am interested in discovery, and the role academic libraries should play in promoting discovery for our patrons. If you feel the same, here are a mix of links I came across recently on the topic that might be of interes...
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Types of librarian expertise - are they getting easier to acquire for non-librarians?
I have been recently thinking of the types of expertise academic librarians have and how recent trends in academic librarianship have made things harder. Christina Pikas  in   What types of expertise do librarians have?  suggests there are 3 types 1. Domain...
There really isn't any inherent difficulty for someone bright to sit down, read the help files on Boolean operators, proximity and field searching. The concepts maybe a bit alien if you have never encountered it before but once you got the basic concept down it's a matter of just "button ...
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Questioning the status quo
I like to question why. I don't believe the status quo or the way things are is always the best that is possible. I ask why. I agitate for change. I try new things.  But after over almost 7 years of working on various projects and initiating various changes...
Other times, I like to explain in detail the thinking behind the way things are, the various options we tried or considered trying (this works best for things directly under my charge such as Summon, Social media, Chat, etc where I can give a full accounting of things) and then ask "Given the ...
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Library Analytics Manager, Singapore Management University.
Introduction
Academic Librarian.
Bragging rights
Library Journal Mover & Shaker 2011,CONSAL Outstanding Librarian - Silver/merit award, LAS Outstanding Newcomer,
Education
  • Qiaonan Primary
    1984 - 1989
  • Victoria School
    1990 - 1993
  • Victoria Junior College
    1994 - 1995
  • Nanyang Technological University
    Accountancy
  • Nanyang Technological University
    Information Science, 2007 - 2008
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Tay Chee Hsien, Aaron