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The 3rd Annual Library Leadership Institute

The 21st Century Digital / Print Hybrid Research Library: Challenges for Leadership

Macao. 22-25 May, 2005

organised by The University of Hong Kong Libraries


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Following on from the successful 2003 and 2004 Institutes held in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the University of Hong Kong Libraries, in conjunction with the University of Macau International Library and the Hong Kong Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee, is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Library Leadership Institute with the theme of The 21st Century Digital/Print Hybrid Research Library: Challenges for Leadership.


This residential Institute will provide library directors and senior librarians from the East 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 the United States, Hong Kong and mainland China.


The primary objectives of the Institute are:

1. To develop and enhance management and leadership qualities in academic and research librarians in the East Asia region, and

2. To enhance collaboration and foster relations among academic and research libraries in the region.


The Institute will be conducted over 4 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. It is anticipated that academic librarians from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and other countries in the region will participate.


Institute Content

Formal Sessions

Over the course of the 4 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. Topics to be covered include:

  • Effective leadership
  • Managing technological change
  • Changing nature of collaboration
  • Licensing & negotiating commercial e-content
  • Working in groups and teams
  • Digital collection development & management
  • Future of libraries.

Case Studies

In addition to a wide range of topics to be covered during the formal sessions, a case study outlining a problem 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.


Targeted Audience

The Institute is limited to 40 participants who will be academic and research librarians invited from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and other countries in the region. These participants will be:

  • Current supervisors/managers
  • Prospective supervisors/managers
  • Team leaders
  • Library administrators.

Institute Venue

University of Macau International Library
University of Macau
Av. Padre Tomas Pereira S.J., Taipa, Macao


Principal Facilitator

Arnold Hirshon <http://www.nelinet.net/ahirshon/bio.htm>

Arnold Hirshon is the Executive Director of NELINET, Inc., a library consortium that provides educational, consulting, and group purchasing services for more than 650 academic, public, and corporate libraries throughout New England. As Executive Director, Hirshon launched a number of new programs and services, including the NELINET Consulting Solutions, Digital Services, and the New England Regional Depository.


Prior to coming to NELINET, Hirshon served as Vice Provost for Information Resources (Chief Information Officer) at Lehigh University, where he was responsible for the University libraries, computing, telecommunications, and media services. Hirshon was also University Librarian at Wright State University, and served in library administrative posts at Virginia Commonwealth University, Duke University, and Wayne State University.


Professionally, Hirshon served as President of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). He currently serves as a consultant for eIFL.net (a multi-country consortium for over forty countries-in-transition) and is a member of the Executive Committee of Project Counter. His substantial publication record includes numerous monographs, book chapters and articles about information services, library consortia, library management, and technology. Hirshon has been active in consortium development throughout his career, including work with OhioLINK, and with the Research Triangle Network. He was the founder of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), and is very active in work of the International Coalition of Library Consortium.


Hirshon is a frequent lecturer and consultant nationally and internationally, including presentations and work in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Hungary, Laos, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and South Africa. Many of his publications and presentations can be found at http://www.nelinet.net/ahirshon/bio.htm.


Hirshon holds an M.P.A. (public administration) from Wayne State University, and M.L.S. from Indiana University.


Arnold Hirshon appears with the support of iGroup.


Other Presenters / Facilitators will include:


Zhang Hongyang
Zhang Hongyang, associate research librarian and Assistant to the Director of Peking University Library, has been working in Peking University Library since 1996. She holds two M.A. degrees obtained from Nanjing University and the University of British Columbia, respectively. Her areas of research interest include library management, international cooperation among libraries, special and rare western books on China. Her research has been published on College & Research Libraries, Information Technology and Libraries, Journal of Academic Libraries (in Chinese), etc.


Professor Hsianghoo Steve Ching <http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/index.htm>
Professor Hsianghoo Steve Ching is University Librarian at City University of Hong Kong. He is also the Adjunct Professor of Department of Economics and Finance. Before accepting the appointment at CityU in 2004, he was Director of University Libraries and Professor of Business School at Feng Chia University in Taiwan. He received both his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. His recent research focus is on the strategic management for e-learning and digital publishing, information literacy, and economic analysis of library services.


Since fall of 1999, in addition to his teaching, he also serves as Library Director of Feng Chia University Library. In late 2001, he was instrumental in foreseeing the completion of the total renovation of the old library into a state-of-the-art building, showcasing electronic resources and equipments along with traditional collections. In January 4, 2003, he has greatly involved in the formation and establishment of the Chinese Information Literacy Association. The Association helps facilitate the best practices of information literacy by integrating the curriculum from regional to national communities and to all other levels of the educational system as well. In April 2001, he initiated to form TEBNET, Taiwan eBook Network, the first ebook consortium in Taiwan, currently with 40 library members from both academic and public institutions. In 2003, he served as the Chairperson for the National Committee of Distance Education Evaluation, nominated by the Minister of Education in Taiwan.


Dr Paul W.T. Poon
Dr Poon is the University Librarian of the University of Macau. He has been actively involved with academic library administration and research for some 30 years. He had held the posts of College Librarian of New Asia College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and then University Librarian of City University of Hong Kong for many years. Currently, Dr Poon also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University Library. He was qualified as a professional librarian in the UK, and subsequently obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, USA.


Dr Poon has published widely in both English and Chinese. He has also been invited as a consultant to a number of academic libraries overseas as well as in Mainland China. In addition, Dr Poon had taught library and information science programmes in USA, Thailand, and Hong Kong in the past and is frequently invited as a speaker in international library conferences.



The costs for the Institute cover:

  • Course materials
  • 3 night’s accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Macau Tower visit and dinner
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Service charge and taxes

Total cost:

HKD$3,280 University of Macau on-campus visitor flat (shared room).


HKD$4,310 New Century Hotel <http://www.newcenturyhotel-macau.com/> (adjacent to the University of Macau) (Shared double room).


HKD$5,030 New Century Hotel <http://www.newcenturyhotel-macau.com/> (adjacent to the University of Macau) (Single room).

All costs are per person.



For applicants who require financial assistance, a number of scholarships valued at HKD$1,700 have been made available courtesy of Elsevier (Science and Technology) - Asia Pacific. 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 University of Macau on-campus visitor flat (shared room) accommodation.


The 3rd Annual Library Leadership Institute is proudly sponsored by

elsevier igroup