Bookbridge: Celebrating Collections and Heritage (78601)

Session Information: International Education
Session Chair: Agnes Tang

Friday, 29 March 2024 13:05
Session: Session 3
Room: Room B (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This presentation focuses on NUS Libraries’ initiative to raise visibility for its rare book collection through award-winning architectural design and virtual tours.

Prior to this initiative, the potential of NUS Libraries’ extensive collection of rare books on Singapore’s cultural and historical heritage was not fully realised. The library lacked a central or curated space to bring the attention of this collections to library users.

To showcase the collection and promote it to their users without risking damage to the books, NUS Libraries created the Bookbridge, which combined sustainable materials while being conducive for preservation. Designed in collaboration with Professor Shinya Okuda, it received the iF DESIGN AWARD 2022 in Interior Architecture.

However, some of the limitations of the physical Bookbridge display space was that users could not peruse the books. Despite the increased visibility, interactivity and accessibility of the books was limited.

To complement the physical Bookbridge Display, NUS Libraries used immersive technology to create a virtual tour of the Bookbridge space and linked books in the space to the digital repository, Digital Gems. This allowed users to discover highlights of the rare book collections in greater detail. Made available to the public, the virtual tour provides global visibility to the rare books collection. This furthers NUS Libraries’ goal of establishing partnerships with institutions, locally and globally, and increases opportunities of creating joint exhibits.

Kah Wei Wong, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Raudhah Thongkam, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Yee Xin Chai, National University of Singapore, Singapore

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Yee Xin Chai is is currently working at National University of Singapore in Singapore

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00