Answered By: Raudhah M. Dahri
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2016     Views: 242

Why the change?

We heard YOU, our most valuable users. After months of talking and listening to the NUS community through surveys, focus groups and student projects, we are proud to present to you the revamped NUS Libraries portal! The same wealth of information with a new look and better functionalities.

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Contents

Click on one of the links below to get more information.

  1. What's new?
  2. Quick Links & E-forms
  3. Customisation & Favourites
  4. Opening Hours
  5. What's Happening
  6. Settings (NEW 28 Oct 2016)
  7. Scheduled Rollout
  8. Bug Reporting

What’s new?

  • Mobile responsive

We are excited to tell you that our website is now mobile-responsive! What do we mean? It means no matter what device you are using, you will see the same look across them all so if you're having an 'eureka' moment while commuting or moments before bedtime, all you'd have to do is grab your phone and go to the library portal.

  • Number of search tabs

We have reduced the number of search tabs you have to select from with the default tab 'All' searching across our electronic and print resources. 

From this:

old portal tabs

To this:

new portal tabs

Oh no! Does that mean I can no longer search for exam papers? 

Do not fret. Some of our existing tabs, i.e. E-Journals, RBR, Exam Papers and ScholarBank, can be found at the bottom of the search box. Simply click on any of the links below the search box and a fourth tab will appear. The example below shows what happens after clicking on 'Exam Papers'.

A new link named 'Guides' has also been added and this is where you can search across our FAQs and Library guides. Notice that the fourth tab has changed to 'Guides' in the example below.

guides tab

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Quick links & E-Forms

We have included quick links for easy navigation; whether you're trying to book discussion rooms or simply check your library account.

Previously, the 'Services For...' and the links to your library account and other facilities and services, 'I Need To...' looked like this:

services for

Now:

quick links

What about the Library Services available for us, e.g. Recommend books, a.k.a. 'Services For...' in the old portal?

Following are the steps to access our e-forms.

1. Click on the arrow next to 'More Services For...' and a dropdown list will appear.
2. Choose your current designation, e.g. Graduate Students.

  

 3. You will be brought to the page with the list of services available. 

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Customisation & Favourites

  • 1-Login button : myPortal

There will only be 1 login button named 'myPortal', which will be available on all pages of the library portal. 

myportal login

  • Dashboard of library record (myLINC) summary

After logging in (1), you will see a dashboard where you can view your library account at a glance; the number of items borrowed, number of holds, amount of fines, etc. (2). You can also add links to your favourite e-journals, e-books, database, etc (3). This feature lets you access your favourite items once you have logged in. No more searching for them from scratch!

Dashboard

  • Add your own photo

You can upload your image to make the account your own (Don't worry, our elves will keep these photographs safe and will not allow anyone else but you to see them. Not even the elves!)

To do this, simply click on the camera icon and upload your desired image.

upload image

  • How to save favourite titles

[Update 10 August 2016] This feature is now up and running! Please head here to find out how to add favourites to your library account.

This is currently being worked on. We will update you when it is up and running!

  • What happens to existing settings/favourites?

Your existing personalizations from the old portal will be transferred over when you login to our new portal. There is no need for you to do anything as we will do the transfer.

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Opening Hours

Our opening hours can now be easily spotted on the library portal. Previously, you had to use multiple clicks to find out the opening hours of another of our libraries. Now? No more clicks!

From this:

hidden opening hours > central library opening hours

To this:

new opening hours

In the new portal, the hours of the day for all libraries are listed.

To find the opening hours for other days, click on the date or the orange arrow and select a date from the calendar. The opening hours will change accordingly.

change dates

More information on library events like publishing talks or library tutorials are available once you click on 'More Opening Hours' at the bottom.

more opening hours

Here, you will be provided with an overview of the events held in respective libraries. To know more about an event, click on the orange buttons which say '2 events'.

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What's Happening

The News & Events page will be known as What's Happening. Examples of posts you will find here are event announcements, entries from the library blog and announcements about our online resources. Instead of the lines of text as seen in the old portal, you will now see image tiles.

From this:

To this:

whats happening

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Settings

[Update 28 October 2016] A new feature, the 'Settings' button next to myPortal, has been added to the library portal.

 settings button

With 'Settings', you will be able to:

 1. Remove the background image of the library website

background image off

 2. Or Enable Monochrome which changes the colour of the library website. This improves the readability for users who have low vision/colour blindness. Note: This works for all pages and microsites of the library website only.

monochrome

You can also do both!

monochrome and background image off

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Scheduled Rollout

  • New Portal

You will start seeing the new portal â€‹from 1 August 2016 (Monday).

As with everything new, our bug hunters are constantly checking the portal to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Please pardon the bugs (if any) you encounter while using our new portal.

  • Special Libraries' Websites

The new look for our Special Libraries' Websites will be ready at the end of November 2016. Be sure to look out for the changes!

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Bug Reporting

While we try our best to ensure optimum performance of the website, some bugs do get past us. If you encounter what you think is a bug, please send in a report to askalib@nus.edu.sg

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