How Academic Libraries and Librarians in Hong Kong Recruit Advocates to Tell a New Library Story

By Patrick Lo.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper attempts to identify the main current issues related to the changes and challenges in the management and leadership, concerning the academic libraries in Hong Kong. The fundamental problem facing academic libraries in Hong Kong today is their inability to maintain their acquisitions and staffing at the present level. Even in other countries that are relatively wealthy, governments are trying to cut various public expenditures, and since higher education accounts for a significant amount of this, it has received reduced government funding over the last decade or two. At the same time, the rapid changes in the environment of information technologies and scholarly communication present both opportunities and challenges for the academic libraries in Hong Kong. This paper attempts to explore and document the present, as well as other ongoing challenges and rewarding experiences in collaboration among the university libraries in Hong Kong, e.g.:
1. How external operating environment influences that internal management of library services.
2. How approaches in management have changed during the last two decades.
3. Why management has changed: social, economic, political and technological influences during the last two decades.
4. Why there is an increasing interest in collaboration, competition and accountability among the academic library community in Hong Kong.
5. The importance of encouraging new initiatives under the digital environment, and how to arrive at a flexible and dynamic solution for the areas that are affected by constant changes, and new responsibilities of staff related to the electronic library.
6. The possible future directions for the management and for information services.
7. Describes the future possible changes in library management, with special focus on the manpower and their relations to the electronic libraries.

Keywords: Academic Libraries, Management, Libraries–Leadership, Libraries–Organizational Management

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.393-406. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 567.923KB).

Dr. Patrick Lo

Mr. Lo is currently a candidate of Doctor of Education (EdD), at Bristol University (UK). He has a Master of Arts in Design Management (MA) from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2004), a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from McGill University (Canada; 1994), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Mount Allison University, (Canada; 1992). Mr Lo is efficient in: Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese (Putunghua), English and German. 1996-2007, Mr Lo was serving as Cataloguing Librarian at Lingnan University Library (Hong Kong). 2003-06, Mr. Lo was also serving as the Coordinator of the Library as Cultural Centre activities at Lingnan University Library. Mr. Lo's professional affiliations include the following: 1. 1999-2006 - Secretary of JULAC-HKCAN (Hong Kong Chinese Name Authority) Workgroup. 2. 1993-2006 - Representative of Lingnan University Library (Hong Kong) for the Hong Kong JULAC-BSC (Bibliographic Services Committee). 3. 2004 - present - Member of CALIS (China Academic Library and Information System) Unicat Expert Group. Mr. Lo has presented close to 40 research papers and project reports focusing on humanities, education, and library science at different local and international workgroup meetings, seminars, conferences, including: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, United States, Korea, and Sweden; including presenting at: 1. The Library of Congress (U.S.), 2. Austrian National Library (Vienna), 3. University of Vienna, 4. National Library of France (Paris), 5. National Institute of Informatics (Japan), etc. Mr. Lo’s recent professional activity includes presenting “Using Outsource Data of Digital Resources in Creating Our Own Bibliographic Records: Lingnan University Library’s Experience in Converting Naxos Music Library and Spoken Word Library Online Titles to MARC Records” at the 72nd IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Conference in Seoul, Korea, in August 2006: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla72/papers/123-Tam_Lo-en.pdf Mr. Lo's research interests include: latest developments of Metadata, Chinese authority works, and cataloguing among Chinese libraries in Asia and North America; exploring potentials for resources sharing among Chinese libraries in Asia; future development and enhancement of bibliographic records; users’ interaction with the online catalogue; Western classical music, especially Italian operas, vocal music of German Post-Romantic period, Lieder (German art songs), etc. Award(s): Most Active Presenter Award of HKIUG (Hong Kong Innovative Users Group) Annual Meeting in December 2006. Recent Activity: serving as Reporter of Recent Serials Publications in China of Fontes Artis Musicae Journal.

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