The National Library Board (NLB) plays a leading role in providing Singapore with an accessible network of inspirational and creative learning spaces that promote reading, knowledge-sharing and information literacy. This is done through our network of 26 Public Libraries, the National Library and National Archives of Singapore. Together with our employees, partners and volunteers, we make knowledge come alive, spark imagination and create possibilities.
Research is vital in helping NLB to gather data, information and insights that enable us to embark on new areas or fine-tune our plans to achieve our mission. We want to steer Singaporeans toward a culture of reading and life-long learning; and extend our library and archives’ patronage, so as to achieve NLB’s vision of developing ‘Readers for Life, Learning Communities, Knowledgeable Nation’. The Research Assistant Programme is thus established to strengthen and complement NLB’s existing research efforts. The programme aims to facilitate research in areas related to the development of future-ready libraries and archives, experiences and services. Research areas may also include specialised topics to enrich NLB’s collection and resources. Topics cover a range of disciplines and some examples include Singapore’s cultural and literacy heritage, archives and oral histories.
As a Research Assistant, you can look forward to use our resources and services in the course of your research; and participate in discussions with like-minded team mates and external professionals (where applicable) to further your knowledge in the research topic. Depending on the focus and deliverables of the research project, you may be required to:
- Conduct research on content/collection development relating to the topic
- Design, collect and analyse data via various sources to support the research study
- Conduct research, monitoring and analysis of new and emerging trends relating to the topic
We are currently seeking Research Assistants for the following projects:
1) TV commercials from 1994 to 2011
NLB has a collection of television commercials which were aired on free-to-air television in Singapore from 1994 to 2011. These include commercials produced in the four official languages and those with catchy jingles that Singaporeans resonate with. Examples of the types of commercials include educational campaign videos, advertisements for toys, homecare, hair and bath products, toiletries, food and beverage and health supplement products. The Research Assistant is required to research on the collection and compile a comprehensive inventory of the commercials and their production dates. In addition, the Research Assistant is expected to produce short articles/write-ups on the collection, such as trends in production and marketing, and explore ways of using TV commercials to develop children’s programmes including programmes for children with special needs. Applicants for this project should have strong research skills with a flair for writing. A background knowledge on TV and popular culture would be an additional merit.
Who Can Apply?
NLB’s Research Assistant Programme is open to individuals with the relevant research skills and experience, and a passion to further one’s knowledge in a specific area of research. Application to the programme is not limited to researchers with specialised fields of study. We welcome individuals with a strong interest in the research subject/topic; and a curious mind to share and create new knowledge with NLB.
How to Apply?
Depending on the project scope and deliverables, the Research Assistant may be engaged for a period of two to six months. To submit an application, please visit Careers@Gov
Depending on experience, the Research Assistant will be paid a gross monthly allowance ranging from $1,000 to $1,600.