“All these things that we do are only possible with passion,” says Singapore Polytechnic’s Library Director Mrs Fang Sin Guek.
A firm believer of fervour, Mrs Fang who is in her fifties, joined SP thirty years ago and loves her job as much as she did back then. Joining SP first as a research librarian, she has always been interested in finding new information, which prompted her to take a Masters’ degree in Library Management.
One who loves working in an all-rounded environment, Mrs Fang attributes working in an academic environment the best thing about working in SP.
“Working in an academic environment excites me,” explains Mrs Fang who feels that working with students makes the environment far more vibrant and energetic.
SP’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Mrs Fang recalls her first day at SP, how she was “very proud” because SP was the “only poly at that time, being a very established environment.”
“When I first came in, we were still using blackboards, I remember preparing the OHP for orientations,” says Mrs Fang with a huge grin on her face.
When enquired about her future plans for SP library, Mrs Fang revealed about the space transformation project, which aims to create more thematic spaces in the library and a well-received development of that was the Da Vinchi floor as “Students love cozy environments.”
Singapore played host to the 79th IFLA World library event last year and being part of it, Mrs Fang shares that it was a “really enriching networking environment” due to many librarians from all over the world coming to share their experiences.
PASSION AND DREAMS
Mrs Fang revealed that library has always been her first love.
“You need to love what you are doing,” she says as she recollects working under two chief librarians and how they took a personal interest in their job and devoted their time to improving the library. Mrs Fang also accredits them as one of her main inspirations in her career as they motivated her to go for the extra mile.
Mrs Fang loves her working environment to be full of energy. She decorates her office with souvenirs and plants. When asked, she reveals that nature inspires her and how her colleagues and herself bond over their common interest for gardening.
Mrs Fang’s office walls are filled with paintings, which make her “feel at home.”
Helping out in her church library when she gets the time, Mrs Fang hopes that in the near future, she could help to make sure reading materials reach rural countries like Cambodia.
The SP Memories Project, initiated by the library, thrills Mrs Fang as it “brings people together and builds a sense of pride that they are part of what SP is all about.” Moreover, it being uniquely SP, Mrs Fang thinks that would evoke a sense of belonging among staff and students.
Mrs Fang is glad to be part of the SP family and hopes that SP reaches greater heights in the upcoming years, since with SP, it’s so possible!
-- Interviewed and written by Nur Hasinah, Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media, School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences