Annual Report 2013

The University of Hong Kong Libraries Annual Report 2013




As a central player in the intellectual environment at the University of Hong Kong, the Libraries will be recognized on campus, regionally and internationally for its outstanding collections, client-centred services and innovative approaches that contribute to the teaching, learning, research and knowledge exchange pursuits of the University.



University Librarian's Review


We also collaborated with our Faculties through our book drive for Myanmar campaign where we collected unwanted donations and targeted our academic community, in particular academic staff from the faculties of Arts, Law and Social Sciences who were relocating to the Centennial Campus, to donate suitable books for the University of Yangon. In November 2012, I was among a small contingent from HKU who visited Myanmar to strengthen educational ties and also to attend a ceremony marking the donation of 5, 700 volumes which was held at the University of Yangon with senior administrators, academics and librarians from the University of Yangon Library and the Universities Central Library in attendance.

Much like major academic libraries around the world, the Libraries continue to face many challenges:

  • the rising costs of scholarly material, in particular, journals, which dictate that libraries and their clients must concede that the shift from ownership to access, and in particular access through collaborative efforts, is now the norm rather than the exception;
  • a decline in demand for traditional library services and the development of new needs in information support such as helping researchers to manage their data and to find collaborators, managing alternate information sources, improving information retrieval and management skills, and developing new and more meaningful metric of success;
  • the diversity of demands from our users pulling the libraries in several, sometimes seemingly conflicting, directions. Among these, the need for greater space for collaboration versus the desire for quiet, reflective space, the desire for greater digital resources versus those preferring print, the need for more space for people versus the need for space for the print collections.

On this final point the Libraries, in conjunction with the Estates Office, continues to lead the JURA Project. JURA, or the Joint Universities Research Archive, is a plan by the 8 UGC institution's Libraries to develop a shared, single copy, high density storage facility where we will all be able to collectively store our lesser used, but still useful, print materials. All requirements made by the Government have been met and we await the allocation of funding that will allow this innovative project to proceed. The HKU Libraries has a great deal at stake in this project as we are the most needy of a rapid solution to this issue as we face the most dire of space needs among the 8 libraries.

Finally, I take this opportunity to thank all of the Libraries' staff for their continued dedication to the University community and all of their efforts throughout the year. They should be justifiably proud of their achievements. I also thank all of our collaborators across the Faculties as well as other units, centres and offices that have supported us throughout the year. And of course to our donors whose continued trust in our endeavors and whose desire to facilitate learning and research across the spectrum of the University community is sincerely appreciated. I know you will enjoy reading this report and I hope you will continue to take as much pride in your Libraries as do I and the Libraries' staff

Excellence & Innovation In Learning & Research


Communication with faculty and students on collections and services


We conducted our biennial user survey from 13 to 28 March to gauge user opinions on the performance of the Main Library and the six branch libraries. 1 ,691 completed online questionnaires were received. 66% of the respondents selected the Main Library as the library they frequented most. Faculty of Medicine accounted for 15% of the total returns by faculty whereas HKU current staff or students accounted for 74% of the total returns. The full report is available at

Survey results indicate that our performance has improved since 2011 , with the performance index increased from 76% in 2011 to 78.4% in 2013. The satisfaction index for 2013 is 5.62, on a scale of 1 to 7 (7 being the most satisfied), compared with 5.47 in 2011. The survey results are encouraging and perhaps indicate that the improvements we have made, some of which are reported in the following paragraphs, in improving library collections, services and facilities since 2011 have been well received.

The Education Library also collected user feedback with ~questionnaires on key user concerns and their level of satisfaction towards the new premises from 1 to 5 February. Users' overall feedback was positive, and needs for more printed materials, more comfortable seating, and an enhanced computer facility were identified.

Our new Information Services Division, which was established on 1 July to streamline library operations, has enhanced faculty support in a more holistic and visible way. Merging Faculty Librarians with the previous Reference Section put the major research support services, including collection development, faculty liaison, training and consultation services, in the Main Library under one umbrella.

We produced a 3-minute video to introduce users to the variety of spaces and facilities in support of different learning styles on Level3, Main Library. The Medical Library also set up a Facebook page to introduce its services and facilities. New webpages also were created for our Preservation Centre to promote its services.


Collection development


The big challenge for us throughout the year had been to come up with ways to factor in the impact of a flat recurrent base budget for library materials. Convenient access to high quality scholarly content remains our top priority in determining what content to retain to match our budget and buying power. The impact of the mass digitized environment and change in scholarly communication is factored in our priority in resource provision, which remains increasingly digital licensed resources. In the allocation of the Library Resources Fund, we placed emphasis on the University academic priorities in new and emerging programmes, the four-year undergraduate curriculum, and intake of double cohorts.

We expended 76% of the total Library Resources Fund (LRF) in 2012/13 on electronic resources, an increase of 2% over the previous year. Allocations to print materials continued to shrink. Some 35,000 volumes were added to the library collection during the year, compared with more than 1 00,000 volumes ten years ago.

Our collection of special and rare materials continued to grow through the generosity of our donors. Twenty-seven bound volumes of speeches by the late Sir Philip Haddon-Cave were returned to Hong Kong and presented to the Libraries by members of his family last September. Being gifts from the Government upon Sir Philip's retirement from the Civil Service in 1985, the collection includes:

  • Budget speeches 1972-1981
  • Legco speeches at the capacity as Financial Secretary on different topics, 1970-1981
  • Legco speeches in the capacity of Chief Secretary, 1981-1985
  • Other speeches, 1971, 197 4-1984

We also received from Mr Roger Houghton his personal book collection. It comprises some 400 titles, some of which are western rare books on China and the Far East published before the twentieth century. The earliest title is a pamphlet entitled The Resolutions of the House of Commons on the Great and Constitutional Questions between the Privileges of the House of Commons and the Prerogative of the Crown from the 17th of December 1783 to the 1Oth of March 1784, published in 1784.

At the branches:

  • The Medical Library acquired books, a-journals and AV materials for new programmes such as Masters of Pharmacy, Medical Humanities and Common Core Courses.
  • The Music Library received a collection of jazz music from Professor Geoffrey Blowers of the Department of Psychology. It consists of 4 72 CDs featuring classic jazz, such as Bill Evans' You Must Believe in Spring, Johf Coltrane's A Love Supreme and Stan Getz's Focus.
  • The Education Library enhanced its collection to support the Faculty's new course Designing powerful learning environments.
  • The Fung Ping Shan Library received a donation of 740 volumes from National Publication Foundation Planning & Management Office (國家出版基金規劃管理辦公室).


Improving access to information


Preparations for a new discovery tool were in full throttle. A new search tool providing a one-stop search convenience for users to gather pertinent information in support of their learning and research was developed. Launched in September 2013, this search tool employs a simple search interface in which the user can enter one or multiple keywords to search across a wide range of resources including books, journal articles and databases.

Continuous efforts were made to update our library catalogue in a timely manner. More than 14 7,000 titles were catalogued during the year, with 70% of them being electronic resources. Cataloguing our Chinese collections remained a priority. A total of 92,170 Chinese books were catalogued, of which some 48,000 titles are in electronic format.

We created another electronic database, Luke Him Sau Architectural Collection ( and made it available to the public this year. It consists of digitized images of some 950 architectural drawings, dated approximately from 1948 to 1968, of building projects in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Macau and Taiwan undertaken by Hong Kong architect Mr. Luke Him Sau (陸謙受). Selected business and personal records of Mr Luke, such as office records, lecture notes and professional certificates were also digitized and included in this database.

We also updated existing electronic databases with new content including:

  • Hong Kong Blue Book (1871 -1941) to Hong Kong Government Reports Online;
  • 3,290 full-text articles to Hong Kong Journals Online;
  • 75,904 table of contents entries to Hong Kong Table of Contents Database; and
  • 117 records to Hong Kong Tourism Board Collection.

Staff members of our Preservation and Conservation Division conducted eleven workshops/information sessions on care and handling of library materials for colleagues of other library divisions. These on-the-job training sessions were beneficial to staff members and helped integrating book preservation activities in day-to-day work.


Serving our users


We continued to provide information service through various media including face-to-face, telephone, email, Facebook and SMS. The number of enquiries answered amounted to 118,911, representing a 13% increase over 2011/12. The increase might be attributed to the visibility of the Level3 Information Counter and the variety of facilities provided to users.

A broad range of information literacy programmes were provided to meet different research and learning needs. The number of attendees increased by 21% to 13,731 this year, probably due to the double cohort and the growing importance of library resources in supporting learning and research. Our Faculty Librarians collaborated with Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in the delivery of Moodie training to teaching staff and research assistants, with the aim to showcase the best practices in integrating electronic resources to facilitate elearning.

Support in Endnote, a software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references, and Turnitin, a plagiarism detection software, remained in high demand throughout the year. By providing workshops, online tutorials and one-on-one assistance we continued to play a pivotal role in ensuring these research tools are used effectively by staff and students.

Wireless printing became a reality in the Main Library and the branches from last September. We set up two print servers and re-configured thirty photocopiers to enable staff and students to log in to the university wireless network, through their HKU portal accounts, and perform print jobs anywhere in the Libraries. Our very popular laptop loaning programme has been extended to include tablets. A number of iPads are available for loan at the Circulation Counter of the Main Library and the branches for use anywhere on campus.

The online library space booking system, which was introduced together with the setting up of Level3, the Main Library learning commons facility, has been extended to the branch libraries and Chi Wah Learning Commons. The adoption of a single system in managing booking of learning spaces has enabled students to book spaces at six different locations using one easy-to-use interface.

Following the success of previous years, Law Library's Westlaw Student Representatives (WSR) programme continued with two new recruits to provide help during weekly "lab hours" in the Library. Law students who have attended sessions found peer assistance on the use of Westlaw useful.


Improving the physical infrastructure


The opening of the new Law and Music Libraries in the Centennial Campus has brought about a host of new improvements in facilities. In addition to traditional single study desks, the new libraries offer collaborative areas with comfortable and flexible furniture. Other new facilities include bookable card access discussion rooms, with either interactive whiteboards or lV panels with webcam and built-in microphone for web-conferencing, signage lV for broadcasting free lV channels and Libraries news, and wireless printing in selected photocopiers. With compact storage systems in place, the shelving space of the Law and Music Libraries has also increased significantly, ensuring the necessary physical space for future growth and consolidation of collections. The availability of power sockets on every study desk is also well received among users.

Planning of the Education Library relocation from Runme Shaw Building to the former Council Chamber on 8/F Meng Wah Complex came to fruition in January. The move took place from 14 to 16 January, with over 15,000 volumes of print and audio-visual materials relocated. The new Education Library shares certain facilities with the Faculty of Education, and houses student learning space, discussion rooms, a classroom, and a book area. It provides a motivating and tranquil atmosphere for leisure reading, private study and research.

The new Library Corner on G/F Main Library was open in October after several months of renovation works associated with the construction of the University Street. Designated as a space for collaborative learning, it has been brightly decorated, with booth seating as well as moveable desks and chairs that can accommodate a minimum of 42 people. It also serves as the entrance to the 24fi area on Level3 when the Main Library is closed.

A major space re-organization of the Main Library was carried out last summer. Apart from reshuffling space in some public areas and library stores, many staff members were relocated from the offices on G/F and 2/F to the 5/F to facilitate internal communication and collaboration as well as to optimize the use of space. Also, some antiquities from the private collection of Mr C.T. YeLing, the ex-Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery, have been on display in the Main Library since last September. These unique items have added much classic elegance to the New Wing staircase, a major pedestrian route of the building.

A WiFi site survey was conducted in the Main Library to cater to the growing demand for bandwidth. Some spots were found to carry duplicate channels and the report was passed to Information Technology Services for follow-up actions. By June 2013, eighty-six WiFi access points were available library-wide.

Knowledge Exchange


Local Knowledge Exchange


Sharing expertise with others in the local community

Beenk, J. Chair, JULAC Committee on Conservation and Preservation.

Beenk, J. Guest lecturer, Preservation of Information Course, Master of Science in Library and Information Management (MSc[LIM]) Programme. The University of Hong Kong.

Beenk, J. & Chan, K. Presentation/Workshop on Caring for Your Collections, International Archives Day, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong, 4 June 2013.

Chan, E. Honorary Librarian, Royal Asiatic Society (Hong Kong Branch).

Chan, W.M. Part-time tutor, HKU SPACE librarianship courses; HKUL representative, HKCAN Workgroup and Bibliographic Services Committee (JULAC); Secretary, HKIUG Unicode Task Force.

HLing, T. Honorary Secretary, Hong Kong Library Association, until December 2012.

Ko, A. Part-time tutor, HKU SPACE librarianship courses.

Palmer, D.T. Managing research profiles, Earth Sciences Seminar, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 21 March 2013.

Palmer, D.T. Maximising your Hub Data. Knowledge Exchange Lunch Meeting, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 30 January 2013.

Pau, A., Academic Libraries Liaison Officer, Hong Kong Library Association, 2008-.

Shieh, I. Member of Panel of Adjudicators, Obscene Articles Tribunal.

Sidorko P.E. President, Hong Kong Library Association, until December 2012.

Sidorko P.E. Academic library trends in Hong Kong: Global and local issues, Academic Libraries Today: Our Future is Now, The University of Hong Kong Libraries Centenary Anniversary Conference, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 8 November 2012.

Sidorko P.E. & Lee, L. JURA: A collaborative solution to Hong Kong academic libraries storage challenge, Academic Librarian 3: The Yin-Yang of Future Consortia! Collaboration and Competition, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 30-31 May 2013.

Sidorko P.E. Occasional address, Charles Sturt University, Hong Kong Graduation, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 6 October 2012.

Wan, Y.C. Member, Church Historical Archives Management Committee, Hong Kong Chinese Christian Union.

Wan, Y.C. FLing Ping Shan Library: 80 years on (馮平山圖書館:八+年回顧). HKU Libraries Centenary Celebrations webpage, 2012.

Wan, Y.C. Hong Kong Memory Project: A virtual journey into Hong Kong's collective memory, 8th Annual Conference of The Asian Studies Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 8 March 2013.

Wong, A. Part-time tutor, HKU SPACE librarianship courses.

As in past years, we offered many placement and internship opportunities to students of library and information science programmes. Ten students from HKU SPACE, the University's Faculty of Education and Charles Sturt University gained valuable work experience in different aspects of library work.

Sharing information with local libraries and other organizations

We continued sharing the library collections with other local libraries through interlibrary loans and making our resources available to faculty and students of other UGC institutions. Our rich collections of Hong Kong materials are often called upon by students, media, government departments and other organizations. Below are some examples:

  • Buddhist Wai Yan Memorial College (佛教慧因法師紀念中學)for their project on Hong Kong studies, August 2012.
  • HKTVB for two TV programmes, (新聞透視) (News Magazine) in August 2012 and a report on the history of the local stock market in December 2012.
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary College (聖母無玷聖心書院) for their project: Islamic community in Kwai ChLing, March 2013.
  • Housing Authority for mounting an exhibition to celebrate their sixtieth anniversary, May 2013.
  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited for display in the Exchange Exhibition Hall through until December 2013.

Since 2006 we have been contributing to the Hong Kong Memory Project, a joint project of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government, by providing Hong Kong content and technical expertise in building up a multimedia website on Hong Kong's history, culture and heritage. A beta version ( has been made available to members of the general public since December 2012 to collect feedback with a view to improve the website.

Library tours conducted for members of the local community

We continued organizing library tours to introduce and publicize library services and facilities to members of the local community. Included among those were:

  • 349 local visitors from all walks of life in Hong Kong toured the Main Library.
  • Visitors from Tung Lin Kok Yuen (東蓮覺苑) were introduced to Chinese rare book cataloguing and preservation, 25 April 2013.
  • A group of Grade 12 students of Yew ChLing International School (耀中國際學校) visited the library for a library skills training session.
  • A group of 1 0 HKU SPACE Certificate in Music Materials Management students visited the Music Library on 25 May 2013.

Special exhibitions: Showcasing HKU information resources to the local community

In collaborating with the University Museum and Art Gallery, we held an exhibition MCelebrating the Centenary: Gems of The University of Hong Kong Libraries" to commemorate the centenary of the University Libraries and the eightieth anniversary of the FLing Ping Shan Library. On display were over one hundred rare books, manuscripts and artefacts from our collection, including letters and manuscripts by renowned scholars, maps and rubbings, as well as imprints dated to the 13th and 14th centuries. Dr YC. Wan also conducted guided tours of the exhibition for the general public on two Saturday afternoons. Held from 29 November 2012 to 17 February 2013, the exhibition received more than 9,000 visitors.

  • Medical humanities exhibition, organized to mark the first year in which the topic has been included in the curriculum of the MBBS programme, October 2012, Medical Library.
  • Law Library poster exhibition, Information Day for Undergraduate Admissions, November 2012, Law Library.
  • From the ground to top floor: Music Library History Exhibition, 13 December 2012 - 26 January 2013, Music Library.

In collaborating with the Faculty of Arts, the following exhibitions were also held in the Main Library to enrich the cultural life of users:

  • Good Company: LeLing Ping-kwan's Hong Kong
    30 January - 22 March 2013.
  • Always in Our Hearts: Treasures of Professor Hsu Ti Shan
    9 April - 11 May 2013.

Book Talks

  • Through Boxer Rebellion, Plague and Revolution -45 years of an Irish missionary in Manchuria by Mr Mark O'Neill
    Moderator: Professor Ying Chan (陳婉瑩教授), 22 October 2012
  • 尋根問底的東西 (The Story of Stuft) by Ms Gloria Chang Wan-ki (張韻琪女士) Moderator: Mr Paul CheLing Pui-kwan (Sff:51Pilf3%~). 15 November 2012
  • Forging a HKU Identity, 1905-1945 by Dr Peter Cunich Moderator: Mr Peter Sidorko, 29 November, 2012
  • On Skeleton Women and the Female Spy in China by Dr Mingmei Yip Moderator: Ms Evelyn Ng, 7 February 2013
  • Pacific Crossing: California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong by Dr Elizabeth Sinn Moderator: Professor John Carroll, 7 March 2013
  • The Penguin History of The World (sixth edition) by Professor Odd Arne Westad Moderator: Dr Priscilla Roberts, 25 April 2013.


Regional Knowledge Exchange



Sharing expertise with others in the regional community


Chan, G.R.Y.C. Budget challenges in reshaping library collections, Second CALAB meeting: Emerging Trends in the Digital Publishing and Digital Library, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, January 2013.

Chan, G.R.Y.C. E-books acquisitions trends and issues, Second CALAB meeting: Emerging Trends in the Digital Publishing and Digital Library, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, January 2013.

Ko, A. 2012年香港出版回顧,全國新書資訊月刋 (New Books Monthly: Recent and Forthcoming Publications in Taiwan, ROC), February 2013.

Pau, A., <高校圖書館概述>,<< 中國圖書館年鑒2012>>, (北京:國家圖書館出版社, 2013), 頁327 ('Academic Libraries Report', in China Library Yearbook 2012 (Beijing: National Library of China Press, 2013), p. 327)

Sidorko, P.E. Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Library Management (China Issue), ISSN: 0143-5124, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2011-.

Sidorko, P.E. Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Library and Information Science, ISSN: 1674-3393, National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Science, 2012-.

Sidorko, P.E. Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Educational Media & Library Sciences (JoEMLS), ISSN/EISSN: 1013090X, Tamkang University Press, Taiwan, 2013-.

Sidorko, P.E. Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, Executive Committee, OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC), July 1, 2012-.

Sidorko, P.E. Member (Re-elected), Executive Committee, OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council (APRC), July 1, 2012-.

Sidorko, P.E. 參考諮詢服務的變革:香港的經驗, 圖書情報工作 (Library and Information Service), 2013, 57 (12): 5-9.

Sidorko, P.E. et. al. Lightning round and panel session on the university's role in research, teaching and learning as well as innovative practices, Tsinghua-Cornell International Forum on University Library Futures: Adapting Library Heritage, Culture, and Values to the 21st Century University, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2 November 2012.

Sidorko, P.E. Member, Organising Committee, Change and Challenge: Redefine the Future of Academic Libraries, The Peking University Library 11 Oth Anniversary Conference, Peking University, China, 4- 5 November 2012.

Sidorko, P.E. Moderator, Parallel Session 1: Strategy, management, innovation and digital rights issues, International Conference on Change and Challenge: Redefine the Future of Academic Libraries; The Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA) 2012 Annual Meeting, Peking University, Beijing, China, 3-6 November 2012.

Sidorko P.E. Resource sharing in Hong Kong academic libraries: HKALL (香港學術圖書館的資源共享), Guangdong/JULAC Academic Library Directors Meeting, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China, December 2012.

Wan, Y. C. Library Leadership Institute returns home, IFLA Asia and Oceania Section Newsletter, 2012, 24(1 ): 21.

Wan, Y.C. Renovate and renew: Learning commons at the Main Library, The University of Hong Kong, International Conference on Change and Challenge: Redefine the Future of Academic Libraries; The Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PAOLA) 2012 Annual Meeting, Peking University, Beijing, China, 4 November 2012.


Sharing information resources with libraries in the region


The Libraries established collaborative agreements with a number of libraries in the region for reciprocal interlibrary loan and books/journals exchange. We also organized the 10th Cooperative Committee Meeting for Chinese Name Authority Meeting (中文名稱規範聯合協調委員會第10次會議) in November 2012.

We provided scanned images of the letters of the late Professor Gu Jiegang (顧頡剛教授) to his daughter for updating his collected writings. In addition, Hangzhou Daily Press conducted research at the Libraries for a report on the resources and facilities at The University of Hong Kong in September 2012.

Library tours conducted for visitors from the region

The Main Library continued to be very popular amongst visitors from the region. Information Services Division staff received a total of 875 visitors last year. Other divisions also were involved, such as:

  • Acquisitions Division received visitors from 天一閣藏書樓 (Tian Yige Bibliotheca) on 8 April 2013.
  • A 23-member delegation from ARRAIL Dental Clinic, Beijing, visited the Dental Library on 31 August 2012.
  • The Medical Library conducted 26 tours for guests referred by the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.


Global Knowledge Exchange



Sharing expertise with others in the global community


Beenk, J. Developing a library preservation program, 5th Rizal Library International Conference, Libraries, Archives and Museums: Common Challenges, Unique Approaches, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines, 25 October 2012.

FLing, Cornelia Lichauco & Wan, Y. C. FLing Ping Shan: The Man, His Life and His Library. Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 2012.

Lam C. Doing more with less: Cataloguing workflow of The University of Hong Kong Libraries, ALA IRC East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee Program, ALA annual conference, Anaheim, United States, 23 June 2012.

Palmer, D.T. The Benefits of authority management in an IR; More than name disambiguation. Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Session, American Library Association Meeting 2013, Chicago. 29 June 2013.

Palmer, D.T. ETDs in China; National & consortia! initiatives. ETD 2012, 15th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Lima, Peru, 12-14 September 2012.

Palmer, D.T. Moving from an IR to a CRIS, the why & how. Coalition for Networked Information Spring 2013 Membership Meeting, San Antonio, 4 April 2013.

Palmer, D.T., Lo, C. & Uu, E. Beyond bibliographic metadata, augmenting the HKU IR. Open Repositories, Edinburgh. 9 July 2012.

Palmer, D.T. & Sidorko, P.E. ETDs: Leveraging the HKU IR. ETD 2012, 15th International Symposium on Electronic Theses and Dissertations, Lima, Peru, 12-14 September 2012.

Sldorko, P.E. Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Library Management, ISSN: 0143-5124, Emerald Group Publishing Umlted, 2009-.

Sidorko, P.E. Member, OCLC Global Council Executive Committee, July 1, 2012-.

Sidorko, P.E. & Cmor, D. Does Generation Google REAU.Y need us? Ubraries Nowl - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering: IFLA World Library and Information Congress 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Helsinki, Finland, 11 - 17 August 2012. http://conference.ifla.orglifla78/session-98

Sidorko, P.E. & Cmor, D. Does Generation Google REALLY Need Us? Libraries Now!- Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering: IFLA Proceedings, 2012. http://conference.ifla.orglsites/defauiVfiles/files/papers/wlic2012/98-sidorko-en.pdf

Sidorko, P.E. & Cmor, D. La generation Google a-t-elle VRAIMENT besoin de nous?? Libraries Nowl - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering: IFLA Proceedings, 2012.

Sldorko, P.E. & Wan, Y.C. The Hong Kong Memory Project: A collaborative journey Into Hong Kong's history, OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council 2012 Membership Conference, National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3 - 4 September 2012. http:/

Sidorko, P.E. Who needs a (reference) librarian, anyway? Conference on GenNext Ubraries, Universiti Brunei Darussalam Library, Brunei, 8-10 October, 2012.

Sidorko, P.E. The Future (academic) library: The same as it never was, Live and Learn in the Modern Library, The Center of Academic Resources (CAR) (Chulalongkorn University) Conference, The Landmark Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, 28 February -1 March, 2013.

Sidorko, P.E. Academic library collaboration: the Hong Kong perspective, Online Information and Education Conference, Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, Bangkok, 17 May 2013.

Yang, T. Foster the library-faculty partnership to achieve the university Intellectual excellence - HKUL experience, Paris International Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences Research, Paris, 24- 28 July 2012.


Sharing information with libraries globally


The Libraries donated 5, 700 volumes of new and used books to the University of Yangon, Myanmar, in November. The donation was possible after the University made an appeal to staff members for support to develop university library collections in Myanmar. In addition to donating duplicate copies and serving as the collection point for books, we helped organize and ship the consignment, including book selection, preparing booklists for clearing customs and packing the books into cartons for collection by the shipping agency. During the donation ceremony at the University of Yangon, the University Librarian, Peter Sidorko, also discussed with senior administrators, faculty and librarians from the University of Yangon Library as well as the Universities Central Library the various challenges and possible areas of collaboration.

The Libraries continued to be the largest contributor of original cataloguing records to the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) WorldCat databases. A total of 66,997 original cataloguing records were uploaded to the databases during the year.

We also collaborated with Cornell and Columbia university libraries by selecting Chinese materials for them and providing them with full MARC cataloguing records.


Library tours conducted for visitors from abroad


The Main Library Information Services Division and the branches conducted library tours for over 260 visitors from different parts of the world. Included among these visitors were delegations from the Librarians Association of Malaysia, Kansai University Library, Nippon Dental University, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Naresuan University Library, Silpakorn University, Utrecht University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Harvard University and Karaganda State Technical University, Russia.


The HKU Scholars Hub, a database of visible research for Knowledge Exchange


With further funding support from the HKU Knowledge Exchange Office, the Hub Team enhanced The HKU Scholars Hub by:

  • Modularizing all of the Hub developments up to the present and releasing them in open source as an add-on to DSpace (DSpace-CRIS) with our development partner CINECA of Italy
  • Developing code to create new top-level objects in the Hub, such as Department/Centre
  • Developing code to batch harvest from open access publishers, full-text items authored by HKU scholars

We also received funding from the University Research Committee to assist in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercises (RAE). With this funding we:

  • Verified more than 5,000 citations from the HKU Mock RAE and final RAE
  • Sent more than 1 ,000 letters to publishers to ascertain whether they will allow use of materials for the RAE

Staff Matters


Professional Development


  • Kerry LeLing Kam-ha, Master of Arts in Applied Translation, The Open University of Hong Kong, 2012.
  • Alice Lo Sau-wai, Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management, University of Leicester, 2013.
  • Dave Low Tsz-kin, Engineering Doctorate (Engineering Management}, City University of Hong Kong, 2012.

Promotions and Service Awards

Long Service Awards

40 years

  • Marta Tang Lal May-yee (Senior Library Assistant)

35 years

  • Lincoln Tang Kwun-hLing (Library Assistant II)
  • Lisa Wong 01-lln (Library Assistant II)

25 years

  • Harry Ko Kam-hLing (Senior Works Supervisor)
  • Neptune Sherman Lau Chl-kee (Library Assistant II)
  • Wan Ylu-chuen (Deputy Llbrartan)

15 years

  • Chan Kin-hLing (Library Assistant)
  • Ivy Chan Mln-sze (Library Assistant I)
  • Wilson Chan Nam-shing (Library Assistant I)
  • Chau Siu-yee (Library Assistant)
  • Carmen Cheng Ka-man (Library Assistant)
  • Chloe Cheng Yuk-fLing (Library Assistant II)
  • FLing Hon-chi (Library Assistant)
  • Er1c Lam Yuet-man (Library Assistant)
  • Sunny LeLing Hok-tLing (Library Assistant)
  • Lo Wai-chun (Library Assistant)
  • Mak Ka-lai (Library Assistant II)
  • Valerie Ng Ting-yee (Library Assistant II)
  • Warren Yap Sze-hon (Library Assistant II)


  • Ku Kam-ming (Associate Ubrarian),Technology Support Services
  • Kwong Kam-fai (Library Assistant), Medical Library
  • Apple Sin Kit-wai (Library Assistant I), Lending Services
  • Jenny Wong Sze-man (Library Assistant I),Special Collections
  • Antonia Ylu Chlng-han (Associate Ubrartan), Information Services

Staff Recognition Award

  • Uncoln Tang Kwun HLing (Library Assistant), Law Library


  • Unda Chan Siu-lin, Western and Electronic Resources Cataloguing
  • Jenny Lam Tsz-ying, Information Services
  • Ada Lee Ka-man, Music Library
  • Ivan Lo Lap-kei, Music Library
  • Annabelle Pau Kwok-po, Audio-Visual and Reserve Collection
  • Joan Sia Mee-Lai, Westem and Electronic Resources Cataloguing
  • Peony Tai Lum, Lending Services
  • Betty Tam Yuk-ying, Acquisitions
  • Joey Tsang Chor-yee, Information Services
  • Carmen Tsang Yuen-yau, Acquisitions
  • Judy Tsou Wing-wai, Western and Electronic Resouroes Cataloguing

New Appointments

  • Frances Chan Hlng-ylng (Library Assistant), Lending Services
  • Gary Edward Chin (Administrative Assistant 1), Public Relations and Development
  • Connie Kwong Shuk-yee (Library Assistant), Lending Setvices
  • Lowell LeLing Ho-yan (Library Assistant Q, Education Library
  • Gary Mak Wai-To (Library Assistant), Lending Services
  • Christy Ong Chye-hsia (Library Assistant), Special Collections
  • Rebecca Tam Shuk-ylng (Assistant Ubrarlan 10, Information Services
  • Lewis Tse Pui-lLing (Library Assistant), Hong Kong Memory Project
  • Steve Wong Pak-hei (Library Assistant), Special Collections
  • Aggie Wong Yuen-ting (Library Assistant), Music Library


  • Carmen Cheng Ka-man (Library Assistant), Special Collections
  • Silvanna Fong Shuk-ling (Library Assistant). Medical Library
  • Stanley FLing Kam-wlng (Senior Bookblnde,, Preservation and Conservation
  • Oliver Ho Wing-koong (Library Assistant 1), Music Library
  • IP Yin-c:hun (Cleaner), Administrative Services
  • Asma Khan (Library Assistant), Special Collections
  • Allen Lam Kei-leLing QT Manage,, Technology Support Services
  • Molly Lam lai-hing (Library Assistant II), Acquisitions
  • Lisa Lau (Library Assistant), Public Relations and Development
  • LeLing Lau Kin-man (Library Assistant), Preservation and Conservation
  • NG Pui-ying (Bookbinder), Preservation and Conservation
  • Ricky Sze-Lu (Library Assistant), Music Library
  • Tina Tam Ching-kuen (Library Assistant 0. Westem and Electronic Resources Cataloguing
  • Maria Tang lai May-yee (Senior Library Assistant), Western and Electronic Resources Cataloguing

Appointment transfers to fixed-term

  • Anna Ho Yuen-sze (Library Assistant), Western and E-Resources Cataloguing
  • Eliot Liu Zhaohua (Research Assistant I). Institutional Repository
  • Phoebe Wong Ka-wlng (Library Assistant), Special Collections

Did Yon Konw?

  1. The Main Library and branches are very popular venues for production of videos and interviews. Apart from the one on the Level3 facility, the Faculty of Education produced three videos with the new Education Library as the venue, namely 甚麼是特殊語言障礙 (What Is Specific Language impairment) and two other promotional videos for their degree programmes.
  2. Faculty Ubrarians collaborated with the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETl...) In the delivery of Moodie training to teaching staff and research assistants. The training aims to showcase the best practices In integrating electronic resources to facilitate a-learning.
  3. The Information Service DMsion collaborates with vendors or Faculty from time to time in the delivery of workshops in support of research and scholarship. Recent examples include Author's Talk, Reviewer Workshop and Discovery Starts Here. The workshops provide practical tips for early-career researchers on how to enhance their research outcome and visibility in the global academic community.
  4. TV programs currently on DVD are being converted to digital format for user access via the eVideo platform.
  5. The use of RFID self-check service has been grown steadily since its inception a few years ago. From July 2012 to June 2013, 53.8% materials ware self checked out and 38.5% were self checked in.
  6. Streamed medical RSS feeds are expressed to users via a dedicated workstation with a progamme called Xpressol
  7. The Libraries is making use of more social media to reach out to different generations of users. Check out the Facebook pages for the Main Library and Medical Library.
  8. Apart from commercial bookbinding, the HKUL Preservation Centre provides a variety of unique services for the public including book and collection assessments, conservation treatments, as well as educational activities such as workshops and lectures. More details can be found at
  9. A new example of crossover of historical legacy and technology in the Libraries: The accessibility and visibility of more than 1,000 volumes of rare books is enhanced by applying QR codes to a compiled rare materials catalogue.



A. How we spent our acquisitions dollars


  Electronic Resources Books Journals Others
2012 74.54% 16.88% 4.30% 4.28%
2013 78.38% (+3.84%) 14.72% (-2.16%) 4.39% (+0.09%) 2.51% (+1.77%)

B. E-resource

E-databases E-books Computer files
2012 53,880 41,613 681 3,481,589 53,459
2013 55,484 (+1,604) 42,176 (+563) 691 (+10) 3,502,923 (+21,334) 54,005 (+546)



C. Volumes in the Libraries


FLing Ping Shan
2012 1,385,200 1,011,625 224,780 133,012 71,687 62,342 36,9894 2,925,630
2013 1,400,699


D. Staffing (Full time equivalent)


  Professional Staff Support Staff
2012 34 184.49
2013 34 (+0.00) 181 (-3.49)


E. Number of Registered Users (including Circle of Friends)


  Alumni HKU Students HKU Staff Others HKU SPACE Students HKU SPACE Staff Total
2012 52,537 27,929 9,314 5,545 18,330 1,180 114,835
2013 53,749

*HKUL Circle of Friends members enjoy various benefits like on-site use of library resources, borrowing privileges and many more. Additional information can be found at

F. E-resources Use

  Access to library websites (hits) Access to e-resources (times)
2012 113,322,240 7,654,953
2013 101,358,486 (-11,963,754) 6,682,969 (-971,984)


G. Library Materials Use Statistics

Items checked out via library integrated system

  HKU Staff HKU Students Alumni SPACE Staff SPACE Students Others Items read in-house Total
2012 167,110 574,901 172,278 7,434 30,915 38,449 255,534 991,087
2013 126,142

H. Interlibrary Loan Transactions with Other Libraries

  Items Loaned Items Borrowed Total
2012 37,017 34,159 71,176
2013 30,056 (-18.8%) 28,110 (-17.7%) 58,166 (-18.3%)

Notable Acquisitions


中華醫學會系列 (Chinese Medical A88ociation Series) and 中醫藥管理局系列 (State Administration of TradHional Chinese Medicine Series)
Imprints of both series: Shanghai : Shanghai Wan Fang Shu Ju You Xian Gong Si, 1995-2011. 上海:上海萬方數據有限公司, 1995-2011.
Chinese Medical Association Series include education programs made by the Chinese Medical Association for the public or medical practitionera while the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine Series contains intensive lecture courses hosted by renowned professora from major universities of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Both series are catalogued under the uniform title Wantang video.


本叢書影印中國社科院近現代史所收藏的清代一百多位名人的書劄,日記及各種公私文檔,多為手稿真跡,涵蓋清朝一代政治,經濟,文化,社會,涉及歷史人物包括林則徐,曾國藩,左宗棠,李鴻章, 胡林翼,琦善,張之洞,鄧廷楨,葉志超,袁世凱,徐世昌,張謇等.全部資料按人物排列,共3輯450卷,掃瞄圖像30余萬幅.國家清史編纂委員會將此叢書列入"國家清史編纂工程項目"
A collection of reprint letters, diaries, documents and manuscripts of more than 1 00 officials and indMduals of the Qing Dynasty. It includes works of IJn zexu, zeng Guofan, Zuo Zongtang, IJ Hongzhang, Zhang Zhidong, Ye Zhichao, Yuan Shikai, Xu Shichang, and others. The collection was part of the national project, compiling the History of the Qing Dynasty.

Access Pediatrics New York : McGraw Hill
Online resource:
It is an integrated online resource that covers the entire span of pediatric practice, from neonatology through adolescent medicine; organized around a set of Core Topics developed by an advisory board of renowned pediatricians. It is for medical students, pediatric residents, general practitioners and pediatric specialists.

Anatomy. tv
Premier package + 3D real time
Primal Pictures Ltd.
Online resource:
It is a perpetual database providing detailed 3D interactive models of the human anatomy. These models are: head and neck, shoulder, hip, thorax and abdomen, spine, knee, and pelvis and perineum.

Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press
Online resource:
Full text access to over 400 a-book titles covering the subjects of clinical medicine, surgery and general reference.

Encyclopedie : ou Dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers
Geneva: J.L. Pellet, 1778-79.
Library catalogue:
The Encyclopedie, a monumental work of Western civilization representing the thought of the Enlightenment, was the first encyclopaedia to include contributions from named contributors with lavish attention on the mechanical arts.

How stands the theory & practice of monetary today
Library catalogue:
This is Milton Friedman's heavily revised initial draft of the first two pages of his address to the Mont Pelerin Society at its twenty-second meeting held in Hong Kong on September 8, 1978.

Medical Letter (1988-)
New Rochelle, N.Y. :The Medical Letter
Online resource:
The database includes issues of:

  • The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
  • Treatment Guidelines
  • Adverse Drug Interaction Program
  • Medical Letter and the Handbook of Antimicrobial Therapy

A mobile App is available.

Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle: Between the years 1828 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe
London :Henry Colburn, 1839.
Library catalogue:
This early 19th century work recounts the voyages of the British ships Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836. The information gathered on these expeditions might be considered a precursor to modern oceanography.

Photo albums of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Japan, Macau, Canton, Han chow, Swatow, Saigon, Angkor Vat, Philippines, Siam, 1915-1929
Library catalogue:
A collection of 540 black and white photographs, taken from 1915 through 1929 by Kenneth Krenz, documents the journeys he made throughout Hong Kong, New Territories, Canton, Amoy, Swatow, Macau, and Hangchow while he served as an American diplomat in Hong Kong from 1926.

Springer protocols New York : Humana Press
Online resource:
Springer Protocols contains more than 31,000 peer-reviewed, tried and trusted molecular biology, and biomedical protocols, many from the classic series Methods in Molecular Biology.

Rochester, NY: Logical Images, Inc.
Online resource:
The database is a diagnostic decision support system for clinicians providing instant access to more than 16,000 images representing over 900 visually identifiable diseases, drug reactions, and infections at the point of care.

Y.K. CheLing Symposium: Proceedings and messages
Hong Kong : Dept. of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Hong Kong, 1994
Library catalogue:
This volume of proceedings contains 11 invited papers including 3 keynote papers contributed by world renowned specialists in the field of computational mechanics to pay their tributes to Professor YK. CheLing.

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