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The 16th Annual Library Leadership Institute

Beyond the bubble: Libraries leading and collaborating across boundaries

Hong Kong, 13-17 April 2018

organized by The University of Hong Kong Libraries


Following on from the successful Institutes held since 2003, the University of Hong Kong Libraries is pleased to announce the 16th Annual Library Leadership Institute with the theme of Beyond the bubble: Libraries leading and collaborating across boundaries.

This residential Institute will provide library directors and senior librarians from the Asia region with the unique opportunity to develop new skills in the volatile area of management and leadership in the information sector. The program will provide a cost effective means of accessing the excellent management training services provided by experts in the field from United States, Canada and Hong Kong.

The primary objectives of the Institute are:

1. To develop and enhance management and leadership qualities in academic and research librarians in the Asia region, and;
2. To enhance collaboration and foster relations among academic and research libraries in the region.

The Institute will be conducted over 5 days. It must be emphasized that this is not a conference where attendees sit and listen to papers. This is an Institute requiring all attendees to be fully participative enabling them to explore their own leadership and management styles as well as learning new techniques from facilitators and from other attendees. The Institute will focus on the individual manager's role in providing leadership within a complex and changing library environment.

Institute Content

Formal sessions
Over the course of the 5 days, participants will engage in learner-driven activities designed to build skills and awareness required of leaders in today’s library environment. These sessions will be a pleasing mix of formal presentation, small group discussions and interactive simulation activities.

Case Study
In addition to a wide range of Formal Sessions to be covered during the formal sessions, a case study outlining problems will be given to groups of participants to enable them to work as a team and, using the range of skills learnt during the Institute, develop a viable solution. Set times will be allocated during the Institute to enable case study teams to get together and work on a solution. The Institute will wind up with each team providing a presentation on their findings.

ENGLISH will be the mode of instruction.


Tentative Schedule (subject to change)


13 April 2018


14 April 2018


15 April 2018


16 April 2018


17 April 2018




Welcome and Getting Started
Peter Sidorko

Session 4


Library Leadership in Teaching, Learning and Research / Dianne Cmor

Session 7


Expect the Unexpected - Curiosity, reflection, and creativity in Libraries / Dianne Cmor and Jeff Trzeciak

Cultural Visit & Lunch






Session 1


Lions, and Tigers, and A.I. … Oh My!! / Dianne Cmor



Tea Break

Tea Break

Tea Break


Session 2


New Roles for Libraries / Jeff Trzeciak

Session 5


Building Sustainable Partnerships / Jeff Trzeciak

Session 8


Evaluating Library Effectiveness and Impact: Three Perspectives / Peter Sidorko, Jeff Trzeciak and Dianne Cmor



Lunch / Presentation

Lunch / Presentation

Lunch / Presentation

End of Institute



Check in at Best Western Plus Hotel Hong Kong,

308 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong.

Session 3


Creating Innovative Library Spaces / Louise Jones

Session 6


Preserving the Past / Jody Beenk

Case Study Preparation



Case Study Presentations



Tea Break

Tea Break


Case Study Preparation


Case Study Preparation



Conclusion and Wrap up


Tea Break

Visit – Rare Book Rooms, Main Library, HKU


Institute Dinner






Welcome Dinner at Hotel



Targeted Audience

The Institute is limited to 40 participants who will be academic and research librarians invited from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and other countries. These participants will be:
•  Library directors and deputy directors
•  Library administrators
•  Current supervisors/managers
•  Prospective supervisors/managers
•  Team leaders.

Institute Venue

LEVEL 3, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.


Best Western Plus Hotel Hong Kong

308 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong.
Tel: +852-3410 3333

Principal Facilitators

Jeffrey Trzeciak
Director, Newark Public Library, United States

Jeffrey Trzeciak

A distinguished librarian, Mr. Trzeciak has spent his entire career in urban library settings. Prior to his position as Director of the Newark Public Library in Newark, he served as University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis.

Over the course of his 30-year career, marked by innovation and collaboration, Jeffrey has been a champion of civil rights and social justice, particularly in the African American, Hispanic and LGBTQ communities. While at Washington University, he initiated the award-winning ‘Documenting Ferguson’ initiative, which began after the killing of Michael Brown and documented the protests that followed. It sought to preserve and provide access to “born digital” media captured and created by community members. Mr. Trzeciak has also created enduring partnerships; cultivated diverse, high performing staffs; acquired significant library collections; and raised millions of dollars for the libraries he has served.

Since 1888, the Newark Public Library has been an anchor institution in Newark. It is New Jersey’s most comprehensive public library, serving some 10,000 patrons per week and providing equal access for all to vast educational, cultural, literary, historical and digital resources. Through its Main Library and seven branches, the Newark Public Library provides residents of Newark with reference help for job searches and accessing social services, ESL and computer classes, and family literacy programs. It also contains the Hispanic Research Information Center, James Brown African American Room and the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center.

Dianne Cmor
Associate University Librarian, Teaching & Learning, Concordia University Libraries, Canada

Dianne Cmor

Dianne Cmor has enjoyed an international career in academic libraries over the past 20 years, working in Canada, Qatar, Hong Kong, Singapore, and has recently returned to Canada once again. She thinks she is still tough enough to weather a Montreal winter, but time will tell …

Dianne is currently Associate University Librarian, Teaching and Learning, at Concordia University in Montreal. In this position, she is responsible for ensuring the high quality and high impact participation of the Library across the teaching and learning endeavours of the University. She oversees various public services as well as cross-unit committees and working groups devoted to teaching and learning, user experience, etc. Prior to this position, she was Deputy University Librarian at Nanyang Technological University (2012-2017), Head of Information Services at Hong Kong Baptist University Library (2007-2012), Information Services Librarian at Weill-Cornell Medical College in Qatar (2003-2007), and Information Services Librarian at Memorial University of Newfoundland (1998-2003) and at Trent University (1996-1998). She has an MLIS from McGill University (1995) and an MA (English Literature) from York University (1996).

Dianne’s interests and expertise lie in information and digital literacy, teaching and learning support, research support, user behavior and user experience, staff development, and library management and leadership. She has experience in a wide range of library projects including building curriculum-integrated information literacy programmes, adopting technologies to improve access and user experience (linking tools, discovery tools, bookmarklets, apps, etc.), implementing open access publications and data repositories, offering OER and copyright clearance services, offering metrics services, developing learning and research commons, and coordinating a regular professional development series. She has published and presented on many of these topics as well as on library space, assessment, liaison services, digital reading, and others. Current projects/interests include assessing and building digital literacy for staff across the university, and developing an online tool to aid in effective reading and researching across disciplines. Still having fun …

Other Presenters / Facilitators:

Peter Sidorko
University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong Libraries


Peter Sidorko ( has enjoyed a career in academic libraries spanning thirty years and is currently the University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong (HKU).  In this position he has full responsibility for leading and directing all aspects of the HKU Libraries network of 6 libraries.  Peter is a past Chair of JULAC (the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee, a forum to discuss, coordinate, and collaborate on library information resources and services among the libraries of the eight tertiary education institutions funded by the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong.  He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the JULAC Joint Universities Research Archive, the company established to govern JURA, a collaborative print storage repository.

Peter is also a past President-elect of the Hong Kong Library Association, serving from 2011-2012.  He holds several honorary international positions: he is a member of the Board of Directors of CLOCKSS; a past Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Council Executive Committee of OCLC (2013-2014); a member of the OCLC Global Council (2011-2015); Vice-President/President Elect of the OCLC Global Council (2015-2018); a former Board member of the NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations); a member of the Elsevier Asia-Pacific Library Advisory Board (ALAB) (2014-), the Proquest Asian Regional Advisory Board, (February 2016-), the Wiley Publishing Asia Pacific Library Advisory Board, (May 2016-) and a member pf the Steering Committee of the Pacific Rim Research (formerly Digital) Library Alliance (PRRLA, formerly PRDLA).  His research interests include library management and leadership, user behaviours, information literacy and learning spaces and he has published in these areas.  His most recent publication is the co-authored “Leadership Development of Asian Librarians: The Longitudinal Impact of HKU Annual Library Leadership Institute”.  He has also presented at almost 100 conferences and seminars, several of which have been published as proceedings. Peter's interest in effective management and leadership in libraries led to the establishment of the University of Hong Kong's Annual Library Leadership Institute in 2003, aimed at developing leadership qualities in Asian librarians, and now in its 15th year of operation. Peter was also a Faculty member of the Educause Australasian Leadership Institute between 2001 and 2003.

Louise Jones
University Librarian, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

picture of Louise Jones

Louise has spent over thirty years working in libraries, starting as a library assistant at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Her career has spanned special libraries, local government libraries, medical librarianship and library technical services. In January 2013 she became adventurous and moved from the UK to Hong Kong as University Librarian at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library, a leading research library in East Asia. She had previously been Director of Library Services at the University of Leicester in the UK from 2007. At Leicester under her leadership the Library was named Outstanding Library Team of the Year 2012 in the prestigious Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, and in 2010 the Library gained the UK government’s Customer Service Excellence Award. Louise has a keen interest in library management and in the UK was Chair of the SCONUL Strategy Group on Library Performance and Improvement from 2009 to 2012.

Louise also has extensive experience of library space planning and design, having opened the multi-award winning David Wilson Library at Leicester in 2008. The Library won the premier academic Library design award in the UK from SCONUL in 2010. One of her recent publications is the book chapter “Library Space and Print” in University Libraries and Space in the Digital World, Matthews $amp; Walton (eds), 2013, London, Ashgate. At the Chinese University of Hong Kong she currently renovating two libraries, has built a Digital Scholarship Lab and a Special Collections Reading Room, and with her commitment to sustainability has created an organic vegetable rooftop garden for library staff. Sustainability was the theme of the Academic Librarian 4 Conference she co-chaired in Hong Kong in 2016, and CUHK Library has been striving to become a green library.

In Hong Kong Louise is a member of JULAC (Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee) which works for deep collaboration between eight university libraries. From 2013 to 2106 she chaired JULAC’s purchasing consortium Consortiall, and led an ebook shared DDA purchasing pilot project. She is now co-chairing the implementation of a new shared ILS for JULAC.

Louise has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manchester University, a master’s degree in Information Studies, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Warwick University.

Jody Beenk
Head, Preservation and Conservation, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Jody Beenk

Jody Beenk, Preservation $amp; Conservation Librarian for HKUL, is responsible for developing and implementing a system-wide Preservation and Conservation program for nearly 3 million printed volumes and the libraries’ growing special and digital collections. In addition to managing an in-house conservation lab and bindery, she also partners with colleagues throughout the library system to preserve and provide access to library materials in all formats.

Before coming to Hong Kong in 2010, Jody was a rare book conservator at Princeton University. For eight years prior to that, she worked in both general and special collections conservation at Harvard University. Jody holds an MA from the University of Iowa, and a Certificate in Preservation Management from Rutgers University School of Communication $amp; Information. She has recently served on committees for the American Institute for Conservation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Guild of Book Workers.


The costs for the Institute cover:
•  Course materials
•  4 night's accommodation with breakfast
•  4 lunches
•  4 dinners
•  Library and cultural visits
•  Morning and afternoon teas
•  Service charge and taxes

Total cost
HKD$2,200 (US$285) Non-Residential
HKD$4,500 (US$580) Residential - Twin Shared room
HKD$6,600 (US$850) Residential - Single room

All costs are per person.


A small number of scholarships valued at HKD$1,600 may be available for applicants who require financial assistance. If you wish to apply for a scholarship you should indicate this on the attached application form along with your reasons for requiring financial support. Scholarships are only available to participants choosing a shared room.


As the numbers for the Institute are strictly limited, please submit your registration via the online registration form no later than 15 February 2018 (Thursday). An acknowledgement will be sent upon receipt of your registration.

Successful applicants, including scholarship recipients, will be notified of their application status and payment methods by 28 February 2018 (Wednesday) or earlier. Registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of FULL PAYMENT. Upon receipt of the full payment, a Confirmation Letter will be sent to you via email.

Note: Completion of the online registration form only does not guarantee successful registration for the Institute. Cash or cheques will not be accepted onsite. Payment is non-refundable and registration is not transferable to another applicant

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