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Staff Profile: Umarani Jayapal

Introduction

Umarani is a Senior Librarian in the Digital Scholarship & Education Team. She has 10 years of experience in various areas in the Library and is currently working on new avenues of Teaching, Instructing and Providing support to Researchers and Faculty from the Library using both traditional workshops and multimedia online modes of effective engagement.

Educational Qualifications

- Master of Science (Information Studies), Nanyang Technological University, 2015

- Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), National University of Singapore, 2010

Professional Experience, Specialisation & Memberships

Umarani's passion for working in the Library industry began with a 2 year stint of Part Time Customer Service at a public library while completing her Bachelor's Degree. She officially began her career as a Librarian in the Cataloging and E-Resource Team in NUS while working on her Masters in Information Studies. Her duties then included creating original catalog records for local works as well as for music scores and audio materials as well. She also served the users at both the Central and the Music Library.

She eventually moved to being a Sociology Reference Librarian with additional duties in the Outreach team as well. Her roles included organizing Information Literacy workshops for Sociology students, both Undergraduate and Postgraduate, as well as Orientation camps and activities within the Library for Freshmen. She also organized events such as E-Resource Discovery Day in conjunction with E-Resource vendors to promote awareness of online resources and a fundraising book sale to raise funds for students with financial needs in NUS.   In addition to this, she also worked to revamp the Library website and on various Electronic Access projects.

In NTU Library, she has contributed to the vetting and writing of scripts for the newly launched Information & Media Literacy module and conducted workshops both for EndNote and Information Research Management seminars for beginning researchers. She has since expanded her Instruction portfolio to include Mendeley, Scholarly Communication & Impact workshops as well as targeted workshops on presentation skills to equip students for the 3MT competitions and also beginner Research Abstract writing. She continues to use modern technology tools to engage and assess her participants effectively.

Guides by Umarani