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Leadership Institute

The 17th Annual Library Leadership Institute

Library Leadership in the Asia Pacific Century

Macau, 31 March - 4 April 2019 

organized by The University of Hong Kong Libraries

in conjunction with University of Macau Library


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Following on from the successful Institutes held since 2003, the University of Hong Kong Libraries is pleased to announce the 17th Annual Library Leadership Institute with the theme of Library Leadership in the Asia Pacific Century.

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 the United States, Macau, Singapore 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 topics 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.




31 March 2019


1 April 2019


2 April 2019


3 April 2019


4 April 2019




Welcome. Introductions. Case study overview. (Peter Sidorko)


Brief tour of University of Macau Library

The changing higher education environment and how this will affect your library

(Prof. Paul Gandel)

Branding your library and

communicating its value

(Prof. Paul Gandel)

Library and cultural visits


Tea Break

Tea Break

Tea Break


Management and leadership: Concepts for academic libraries (Prof. Paul Gandel)

Digital humanities

(Dr. Miguel Escobar Varela)

Evaluating library effectiveness and impact

(Melissa Man/Esther Woo)


Lunch / Presentation

Lunch / Presentation

Lunch / Presentation




Check in at Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central

Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai, Macau.

Strategic thinking

(Prof. Rico Long Wai Lam)


Strategic partnerships inside and outside of libraries  (Peter Sidorko)

Creating innovative library spaces 

(Peter Sidorko/Esther Woo)

Case Study Preparation



End of Institute



Tea Break

Tea Break

Tea Break


Case Study Preparation

Case Study Preparation

Case Study Presentations (Cont’d)


Conclusions and wrap up







Welcome Dinner


Targeted Audience

The Institute is limited to 42 participants who will be academic and research librarians invited from Hong Kong, mainland China, Macau, 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

University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau, China



Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central

Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai, Macau, China

Tel: +853 2880 2000

Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mfmsi-sheraton-grand-macao-hotel-cotai-central?program=spg


Principal Facilitator

Professor Paul Brian GANDEL   pgandel@syr.edu

Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, United States

Paul Brian GANDEL

Paul Gandel is a professor in the School of Information Studies. 

Previously he served as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Syracuse University.  As Chief Information Officer he was responsible for all aspects for information technology and information service--computer services, voice and data networking, instructional services, business process improvement, and distance learning.  During his tenure as CIO he was instrumental in modernizing the University's technology infrastructure and IT support services to ensure that SU remain competitive with the growing demands of providing high-quality information resources for research, teaching, and student learning environments.  He was also responsible for initiating and developing the Green Data Center at Syracuse, one of the "greenest" data centers in the world. 

Before coming to Syracuse University, Gandel was Vice Provost and Dean of Libraries at University of Rhode Island. Before Rhode Island, Gandel was Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer at the Ohio University, Senior Director of Academic Computing and Associate Professor of Library Science at the University of North Texas, Supervisor of the Computing Technology Group at Bell Laboratories, Head of Media Services at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and Director of the Research Library at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He has also done work internationally as a Senior Consultant and Interim CIO for Singapore Management University.

Gandel has made presentations and published on topics related to the management of information systems, library administration and services, software engineering, and visualization of information.

Dr. Gandel has a Ph.D. in Information Studies from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.F.A. in Photography and B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Other Presenters / Facilitators:

Mr. Peter SIDORKO  peters@hku.hk

University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong Libraries

Peter Sidorko's photo

Peter Sidorko (http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01299) 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 http://www.julac.org/), 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. 

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 (2015-2017); 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 past member of 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. 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 17th year of operation. Peter was also a Faculty member of the Educause Australasian Leadership Institute between 2001 and 2003.


Professor Rico Long Wai LAM  ricolam@umac.mo      
Professor in Management, Head of Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau

picture of Professor Rico Lam

Long W. “Rico” Lam is Professor of Management and Head of the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Macau. Rico is currently doing research on felt trust, workplace incivility, proactive behaviors, and dirty work. His research has appeared or been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Human Relations, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Business Research, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and Journal of Business Ethics, etc. His work on trust and dirty work was also published in the Handbook of Chinese Organizational Behavior in 2012. Rico is currently Senior Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Advisory Editor of Journal of Human Resource Management in Taiwan, and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Managerial Psychology, Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Trust Research and Editorial Board of the Frontiers of Business Research in China. Rico was Vice President of the Asia Academy of Management during 2013-15 and was the Conference Co-Program Chair of the 2015 Joint Conference of the Asia and Taiwan Academy of Management. Rico holds a Ph.D. in management from the University of Oregon.


Dr. Miguel ESCOBAR VARELA  m.escobar@nus.edu.sg      
Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore

picture of miguel_Varela

Miguel Escobar Varela is a theatre researcher, web developer and translator. In his research, he applies computational methods to study Indonesian theatre and codes interactive platforms to share theatre scholarship online. He is Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Academic Advisor on Digital Scholarship to the NUS Libraries. He directs the Contemporary Wayang Archive (cwa-web.org) and convenes the informal Digital Humanities Singapore group (digitalhumanities.sg). A list of his writings and digital projects is available at miguelescobar.com.


Ms WOO Mei Wa, Esther  esther.woo@hku.hk    
Deputy University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong Libraries

picture of Esther Woo

Esther Woo (http://hub.hku.hk/cris/rp/rp01436) is the Deputy University Librarian / Fung Ping Shan Librarian at the University of Hong Kong. Prior to taking on this role, she was the Associate Librarian, Engagement and Lending Services and Associate Librarian, Administrative Services at HKU. Esther is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong (B.A. and M.P.A.) and the McGill University (Dip.M. and M.L.I.S.). On top of her over twenty years of management experience in finance, human and space resources in HKU and the Hong Kong Government, Esther has participated in the project management of many major library systems and renovation works. She had served as Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong Library Association and is now an External Examiner of the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education. Her research interests include learning spaces, customer services, user behaviours, staff engagement, and library leadership.


Ms MAN Pui Shan, Melissa  melisman@hku.hk     
Assistant Librarian (Patron Experience), The University of Hong Kong Libraries

picture of Melissa Man

Melissa has been the Assistant Librarian (Patron Experience) at HKUL in the Lending Services Division since 2016. She supports lending services including circulation, membership, interbranch and interlibrary delivery services, physical collections management, storage, and more. She supports user experience research studies to help the Library learn about user behaviour.



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


Total cost

HKD$2,200 (US$282) Non-Residential

HKD$5,200 (US$667) Residential - Twin Shared room
HKD$7,900 (US$1,013) Residential - Single room

All costs are per person.



A small number of scholarships valued at HKD$2,000 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 31 January 2019 (Thursday).  An acknowledgment will be sent upon receipt of your registration. 

Successful applicants, including scholarship recipients, will be notified of their application status and payment methods by 15 February 2019 (Friday) or earlier. Registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of FULL PAYMENT.  Once full payment is received, a Confirmation Letter will be sent to you via email.

Note: Completion of the online registration form 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.


The 17th Annual Library Leadership Institute is proudly sponsored by
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