Article provided by National Library Board

Five NLB professions you didn't know about

Not all National Library Board staff are librarians! Here are five lesser-known roles within the NLB family.

1. Exhibition Curator

Behind every library exhibition are our curators. They conceptualise exhibitions, choose items for display, research and write about them, and work with designers to style the exhibition space.

2. Rare Collections Librarian

These special librarians take care of the Rare Materials Collection, ensuring the proper storage of these fragile items from Singapore’s early history. They also grow the collection by acquiring new materials, help researchers, and give tours so visitors can discover the Rare Gallery.

3. Conservator

Two professions at the National Archives of Singapore involve caring for our collections. Conservators clean, repair, and safely store paper-based items. Audio-visual archives specialists take care of recordings, from pre-independence home videos to government films and television broadcasts from the 1960s. As old audio-visual formats become obsolete, digitising old recordings is an urgent priority. 

4. Technology and Service Innovation Project Manager

Keeping us up-to-date with the latest technology are our project managers in Technology and Service Innovation. For instance, they developed a 360-degree virtual reality tour for our ‘From the Stacks’ exhibition, letting patrons who missed it last year (2016) experience it virtually.

5. Library Planner

Designing and creating the libraries of the future are our library planners. Be it the immersive storytelling space in the new Bukit Panjang Public Library or the special area for “tweens” in the Sengkang Public Library, planners draw inspiration from everyday life and seek feedback from library users to create customised spaces for patrons of all ages.