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The Outpost Blogpost has come to an end. There are new developments at the Outpost so be sure to look out for that.

There is also a new Research Commons at Lee Wee Nam Library coming in August 2017 and that will be the place to go to for exciting events and exhibition.

In the meantime, NTU Libraries has an array of interesting, talks and exhibitions, to find out what’s on at the libraries head on to Happenings@NTU.

Thank you for visiting the Outpost Blog.

The App Light – Noting to it

If you are thinking I made a mistake in the spelling  of the heading, you are right and wrong all at the same time. This is because this month’s App Light is dedicated to the art of note taking.

We all need a little help in class, our memories can only hold so much and notes are the best way to help us recall, revise and re-evaluate.

So here are 3 apps to take note of to help you take notes

Records audio, captures notes and drawings

Office Lens
Take pictures of whiteboard and covert to PDF

Audio Memos Free – The Voice Recorder
Records lectures and interviews to play back later

Goals for the Entire World

Image taken from UN Sustainable Development Goals website

Did you know there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals which will apply to all countries? Where did these goals come from? These goals came from a United Nation summit in September 2016 and as of 1 January 2016; all nations are to work to achieving these goals.

The graphic above lists these goals. You can click on the graphic to enter the official page which will tell you more about this project.

Do you think we can achieve these goals? Or are they simply a vision out of reach for human kind?

Looking at these goals, they look simple enough. But sometimes the simplest of action takes the greatest effort.

The Cost of Lying


Last year there was a report stating that Kelloggs, paid independent experts to promote their cereal. To some this may not seem such a big surprise, it is a moneymaking industry and companies always find ways and means to get ahead of their competitors.

However, how willing are people to pay the price of lying. Lying goes by many terms, ‘stretching the truth’, ‘manipulating facts’, ‘selective disclosure’ and so many more.

Some might even argue that lying, in some cases, is needed to prevent hurt or harm.

Maybe what we really need to think about is the consequences of lying. What will the lie bring forth and are we willing to live with these consequences?

The App Light


We know you love your phone, who doesn’t right, you probably spend more time with your phone than any other human being on earth (I am not judging)

So every month this blog will highlight three apps which, will hopefully, make your university life a little easier, fun and even assist you with discovering new ways to do things. Maybe inspire you to create an app all of your own.

So here are the 3 apps for Jan 2017
(you can find these Apps in the Apple Store or Google Play)

MyScript Memo
Need to write something down but no pen or paper. Well then this is the app for you, you can scribble notes with your finger and it turns it into a typed note.

Easy Bib Automatic Bibliography Generator
Ok I am a librarian, so I think this is important for all students. It helps to generate the bibliography by scanning the book’s bar code. It will make your life simpler, but ALWAYS CHECK the bibliography to make sure you are using the correct format.

Zombies, Run.
You like to run right, we have a beautiful campus for it. But let’s add a little bit for fun by pretending you are running from zombies. You get a workout, get a little creative and have fun all at the same time.

Jet your way to work


Uber released a white paper outlining flying craft will be a part of everyday transportation in the next ten years.

There was a cartoon in the 60’s about a space age family who jetted around in flying crafts. The name of the cartoon is ‘The Jetson’ and it looks like this animated series might be morphing into real life.

But what are the benefits and drawbacks of these impending flight crafts. Will it improve transportation or just cause another jam, in the sky this time? Will it cut pollution or add on to the pollution problem? Will it really benefit mankind or is this just another tactic for a money-making industry?

We often get excited about new technologies, but we also often do not really calculate the risks and drawbacks of these technologies. There is no doubt technology has the power to improve but do we really understand its impact on our society.


Hell in space


When most people think of ‘hell’, they think hot. Hell is deemed to be this burning inferno somewhere underground.

But it seems if you want to look for a ‘hell-like’ environment (not that you are particularly looking for one), you need to direct your gaze upwards towards the stars.

Io is a moon which orbits Jupiter and its surface is filled with volcanoes, scientists believe it to have more than 400 active volcanoes. This then causes the surface of the planet to be covered with magma and acid.

But perhaps what is more interesting is that it was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei. (He didn’t have all the fancy equipment and machines scientist have today)

Discoveries such as these bring new light on the great mysteries of spaces. It makes you think what other discoveries lies beyond the stars.


The Stigma


In many ways, everyone wants to be accepted. So when one is branded with a stigma, it takes a lot of self-determination and strength to overcome.

But maybe the question we should be asking ourselves is who imposes this stigma? In Greek or Latin, the word stigma referred to a mark or brand, especially one that marked a slave. This means the person was a lesser member of society and inferior to everyone else.

Who are we to say who is a lesser member of society? What is the category and criteria for a lesser member of society? I would like to know who sits on this panel of judges as well.

Are there any benefits to having a stigma? Maybe in our polite society we do not sue this term per say, but are we treating the people or person in the same derogatory way?


Hold on to my Freedom……..


Freedom is a powerful word, just saying it out loud evokes a sense of liberation and justice, (I always think of William Wallace in Braveheart, but that is just me).

I read somewhere that freedom is much more than just about acting the way one wants to, but it is also about ensuring everyone has equal rights to this freedom. Freedom is not just about human beings, what about freedom for animals.

Freedom is not awarded equally to every living being, you can see this all around you. Some pay a high price for freedom, while other completely take theirs for granted. Some demand it, while others do not have a sense of what freedom really is.

As the year winds down and it is one of the best time to be grateful for what we have, maybe we can stop and think about our freedom. How much we have of it and how much we appreciate it?

But then again you a free to choose not to think about it as well.


*The Outpost blogs will take a break during the revision and examination period. We will have new posts in the 2017 semester. In the meantime, from all of us at The Library Outpost , we wish you all THE VERY BEST WITH YOUR EXAMS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Till we see you in 2017. 

‘Ooops’ is not a bad word… least not all the time


Can you count the number of times you made a mistake or were wrong in your life? Chances are you don’t even want to think about those times. We make a big deal of mistake sometimes, we see it as a fault or weakness.

But how much did you learn from that mistake, or are you one of those people who never see anything as a mistake (maybe that in itself is a mistake).

If you look at it positively, you learn more from making a mistaken than you do if you never make any mistakes. Of course, the cost of the lessons learned will vary. Can you afford to pay the cost?

Mistake and failures are a part of life, a part of learning and growing. The key here is to learn from your own mistakes and the mistake of others. It is not about criticizing the mistake but realizing we are all prone to imperfection.