Leaders are Readers

Free book resources for educators

Former US President Harry S. Truman once said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers”. The leadership benefits of reading are wide. Studies have shown that reading helps us acquire new information quickly, makes us smarter, increases verbal intelligence, and reduces stress*.

Books are a way to discover, learn and experience new things. They can inform, and they can entertain. They can bring rich experiences and they can help us understand the world better. They can deepen our knowledge and broaden our understanding.

To empower educators with just that, Halogen and *SCAPE have partnered John Wiley & Sons, a global publishing company that specialises in academic publishing, to avail a resource library. Wiley has generously sponsored over US$30,000 worth of books.

The library is open to everyone, but especially catered for educators. While educators specialise in the topics they teach, they benefit from reading widely, and can share this with peers and students. Books in this library range from education to language, psychology, marketing, politics, leadership, business management and communications. In time, we will be adding journals and magazines to the collection.

In the wise words of Dr Seuss, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Pop by and get smarter today!

Quick Facts

What: Library at The Vault, Level 4 Hubquarters, *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link
Who: Open to anyone
Launch: 31 Jan 2013
Books: 784 books
Usage: Freely browse books in the cosy Hubquarters in exchange for your identity card. Future plans include lending and photocopying of books.

Sample Titles

Title: Effective Online Teaching: Foundations and Strategies for Student Success (2011)
Author: Tina Stavredes
Some topics covered: Profile of the online learner, foundations of cognition and learning, cognitive strategies to support learners’ thinking, strategies for managing your online course.

Title: Teaching At Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors (3rd Edition) (2010)
Author: Linda B. Nilson
Some topics covered: Understanding how students learn, strategies for motivating students, choosing and using the right tools for teaching and learning, making learning easier, and assessing learning outcomes.

Article by Faith Jinghui Luo
*“Does reading make you smarter? Literacy and the development of verbal intelligence” by Stanovich
“What reading does for the mind” by Cunningham and Stanovich
“Reading ‘can help reduce stress’” in http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5070874/Reading-can-help-reduce-stress.html

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