JULAC 50th Anniversary Conference – Other Speakers’ information


Mr Peter Sidorko
University Librarian
The University of Hong Kong

The JULAC Response to Lorcan Dempsey’s Keynote Address

Abstract: This presentation will provide a JULAC contextual response to the challenges and opportunities raised by Lorcan Dempsey’s keynote address. With 50 years of history collaborating, JULAC has achieved much in the 4 areas raised by Dempsey (influence, learning, innovation and capacity). While celebrating these achievements it is also recognised that, in the ever evolving environment of higher education in Hong Kong, there are further opportunities to be realized. This presentation will highlight the achievements delivered and the opportunities awaiting JULAC.

Biography: Peter Sidorko is the University Librarian at the University of Hong Kong. He has been in this position since 1.1.11 but joined the University in 2001 as Deputy University Librarian. Along with Louise Jones he is co-chairing the recent implementation of a new shared ILS for JULAC.



Ms Louise Jones
University Librarian
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The JULAC Response to Lorcan Dempsey’s Keynote Address

Abstract: This presentation will provide a JULAC contextual response to the challenges and opportunities raised by Lorcan Dempsey’s keynote address. With 50 years of history collaborating, JULAC has achieved much in the 4 areas raised by Dempsey (influence, learning, innovation and capacity). While celebrating these achievements it is also recognised that, in the ever evolving environment of higher education in Hong Kong, there are further opportunities to be realized. This presentation will highlight the achievements delivered and the opportunities awaiting JULAC.

Biography: Ms. Louise Jones joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as University Librarian in 2013. Previously she had been Director of Library Services at the University of Leicester in the UK. In Hong Kong from 2013 to 2016 she chaired JULAC’s purchasing consortium. She is now co-chairing the recent implementation of a new shared ILS for JULAC. In January this year she had the honour of becoming President of the Hong Kong Library Association for 2017 and 2018.

Louise has a keen interest in library management and in the UK was Chair of the SCONUL Strategy Group on Library Performance and Improvement. She holds 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.



Dr. Andrew Liu
Assistant Librarian I
Lingnan University Library

The cooperation of Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) during 1967 to 1983

Abstract: Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) was founded in 1967, originally named “Universities Joint Libraries Advisory Committee (UJLAC)”. The University of Hong Kong Libraries and the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library as founding members. Since then those two libraries began to implement interlibrary cooperation and resource sharing. In 1973, the Hong Kong Polytechnic Library joined, the name of the committee has been changed to “Universities & Polytechnic Joint Libraries Advisory Committee (UPJLAC) 大學及理工圖書館聯合諮詢委員會” in 1978, and changed to “Joint Universities & Polytechnic Libraries Advisory Committee (JUPLAC) 大學圖書館館聯合諮詢委員會” in 1983. After the Hong Kong Polytechnic Library joined the committee, JULAC’s cooperation projects and mode of cooperation became diversified, the operation of the committee also established norms. These experiences and achievements have laid a good foundation for the cooperation and resource sharing in the libraries of higher education in Hong Kong.

Biography: Dr. Andrew LIU, Access and Circulation Librarian at the Lingnan University (LU) Library. He is responsible for the coordination the overall provision of circulation services and be accountable for the management of public areas. Andrew has worked for the LU Library for over 23 years and served for the Cataloguing, Media Services and Access and Delivery Services. He also represents the LU Library in the JULAC Access Services Committee since 2006. With a Doctorate degree in Management Science from Sun Yat-Sen University, Andrew’s research interest lies in interlibrary cooperation among JULAC Libraries, user services and multimedia services for libraries.



Dr. Shirley Wong
University Librarian
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

InfoLit for U: Enhancing Information literacy in Hong Kong Higher Education through the Development and Implementation of Shared Interactive Multimedia Courseware

Abstract: Equating search with research, reaffirmed by studies in this UGC-funded Hong Kong Polytechnic University teaching & learning related project, is a widespread misconception among our undergraduates. Further insights from our findings reveal such belief often associates with a primitive view of inquiry and university learning, e.g. information literacy perceived as citation and paper formatting requirements, unaware of the fact that coherence in ideas, claims and arguments are more important than the number of references quoted in paper writing, and so on.

Jointly designed by the library of all UGC-funded universities base on real findings, our self-paced, asynchronous, non-credit bearing online MOOC courseware “InfoLit for U”, aims at supporting students’ sustainable information literacy development for learning and research at the university.

The design of the courseware takes reference from the relational model of information literacy, in particular, the knowledge creation face of informed learning (Bruce, 2008). The focal module addresses essential concepts and common misconceptions about using information in university learning and career settings, while the eight discipline modules designed by participating libraries focus on discipline-specific IL practices. All modules start with IL&Me series of video sharing by professionals to highlight the personal relevance (Bruce, 2008) of information to university learning, research, and future career. Animated scenarios, games, and exercises help students to adopt appropriate learning-to-learn dispositions and best practices of information literacy.

Biography: Dr. Shirley Chiu-wing Wong has been the University Librarian of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University since July 2012.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science, Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Advanced Diploma in Education from HKU. She was awarded an overseas postgraduate scholarship for pursuing a MA in Library and Information Studies at University College London, and she received her doctoral degree in education from CUHK. Dr. Wong has been the Chair of the Hong Kong JULAC Learning Strategies Committee since 2012. She is the principal investigator of the three-year information literacy project funded by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC) and participated by all eight UGC-funded universities, developing the MOOC entitled InfoLit for U.  Dr. Wong is the Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee of OCLC, and was a member of IATUL Broad of Directors and IFLA Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee.



Dr Johnny Yuen
Senior Project Fellow
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

InfoLit for U: Enhancing Information literacy in Hong Kong Higher Education through the Development and Implementation of Shared Interactive Multimedia Courseware

Abstract: Equating search with research, reaffirmed by studies in this UGC-funded Hong Kong Polytechnic University teaching & learning related project, is a widespread misconception among our undergraduates. Further insights from our findings reveal such belief often associates with a primitive view of inquiry and university learning, e.g. information literacy perceived as citation and paper formatting requirements, unaware of the fact that coherence in ideas, claims and arguments are more important than the number of references quoted in paper writing, and so on.

Jointly designed by the library of all UGC-funded universities base on real findings, our self-paced, asynchronous, non-credit bearing online MOOC courseware “InfoLit for U”, aims at supporting students’ sustainable information literacy development for learning and research at the university.

The design of the courseware takes reference from the relational model of information literacy, in particular, the knowledge creation face of informed learning (Bruce, 2008). The focal module addresses essential concepts and common misconceptions about using information in university learning and career settings, while the eight discipline modules designed by participating libraries focus on discipline-specific IL practices. All modules start with IL&Me series of video sharing by professionals to highlight the personal relevance (Bruce, 2008) of information to university learning, research, and future career. Animated scenarios, games, and exercises help students to adopt appropriate learning-to-learn dispositions and best practices of information literacy.

Biography: Dr. Johnny Yuen is the senior project fellow of the UGC-funded joint-U information literacy project. Before joining PolyU, he was the manager of Hong Kong’s participation in the IEA’s 1st International Computer & Information Literacy Study (2013). His research interests cover personal epistemology, collaborative knowledge building, and IT in education.



Mr K.T. Lam
Associate University Librarian
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The birth of the JULAC Shared Integrated Library System: process and prospect

Abstract: The presentation reviews the implementation of the JULAC Shared Integrated Library System and discusses its potential as a next generation technological platform to fulfill the needs of JULAC libraries.

Biography: K.T. Lam is the Associate University Librarian and Head of the Systems and Digital Services of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library. He has been responsible for HKUST Library’s pioneering efforts in library technologies.



Ms Connie Lam
Cataloging Librarian (Western & E-Resources)
The University of Hong Kong

JULAC Libraries’ Journey on Shared Cataloging

Abstract: Briefly traces the share cataloguing effort among JULAC libraries in the past. Documents the 2-year process in which JULAC Bibliographic Services Committee reviewed and standardized cataloguing practice among all JULAC Libraries, starting with a fact-finding survey to the implementations of a full set of shared cataloguing guidelines to be used by all 8 JULAC libraries. Also presents how BSC handles and resolves difficulties and complicated cases of shared cataloguing in a multilingual and multimedia environment, e.g. CJK cataloguing, treatments of media, Chinese name authority and HKCAN. Concludes with what has been achieved and what are the challenges ahead.

Biography: Connie Lam is the E-Resources & Western Cataloguing Librarian of the University of Hong Kong Libraries. She joined the University of Hong Kong Libraries in 1996. She worked firstly in Fung Ping Shan Library, the East Asian Library of HKUL, and has been assigned to oversee e-resources cataloging for HKUL from 2003. Providing quality bibliographic records to users in efficient manner is her major task. Connie also involves in electronic resources management and other projects that related to the use of metadata. Her research interest includes cataloging rules, metadata standards, scholar communication repository, Chinese electronic resources, identifiers and linked data.



Ms Diana Chan
Professor and University Librarian
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Consortiall Activities of JULAC

Abstract: December 13, 1999 marks the first meeting of the Collaborative Collection Development Steering Committee (CCDSC) of JULAC members. The Committee began joint purchases on 52 titles of electronic resources. Eighteen years later, CCDSC has transformed into then Collaborative Development Committee and now to Consortiall Committee with 8 JULAC and 13 affiliates members. The number of collaborative purchasing has expanded to 235 licenses of electronic packages by 81 vendors. By leveraging the consortium’s purchasing power, the total savings from the products’ listed prices summed up to a sizable amount each year.

The Consortiall Committee is the busiest committee, other than the SILS Implementation Committee, with many ongoing meetings and behind-the-scene negotiations and liaisons around the year. The Committee has much expanded its focus on databases in the beginning to a wide variety of purchasing models on e-journals, e-books, PDA, etc. Other joint projects on library collection undertaken include HKMAC for print books, ERALL for e-books, and some inter-regional consortia with Mainland, Taiwan, and Singapore to share e-books.

This presentation will trace its history and feature its structure and routine operations. We will draw attention to some concerns on negotiation and licensing issues at the consortia level, spotlight the consortium saving exercises, and highlight its milestones. As JULAC has migrated to a shared ILS, electronic resource management is considered as an excellent area for deeper collaboration and sharing workload. How are we going to do it is the next challenge for the Consortiall Committee.

Biography: Ms. Diana L.H. Chan has been the University Librarian at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) since 2012. She had previously worked in libraries of Bain & Co. (USA), University of British Columbia (Canada) and City University of Hong Kong. She received her BBA from CUHK and MLS from San Jose State University.

Ms. Chan has served as Chair of JULAC in 2015/16, Chair of JULAC Access Services Committee in 2012-15, Chair of JULAC Consortiall Committee since 2016, Hong Kong Public Libraries Advisory Committee since 2016 and many university-wide committees. She has published presented papers and delivered talks on various topics including library strategic management, staff development, space development, Learning Commons, institutional repository, digital libraries, e-books, usage of e-resources, DDA, digital reference, information literacy, research support service, shared ILS, etc. in academic journals, professional conferences and seminars.



Dr Paul Poon
University Librarian
University of Macau

The Story of MALA: Genesis, Development, and Synergy

Abstract: MALA (Macau Academic Library Alliance) was established with the support of the Tertiary Education Services Office of the Macau SAR Government (GAES), and formally inaugurated in December 2014. With nine higher education institutions libraries as its members, its main objective is to achieve mutual cooperation, share member libraries’ core resources and build up an effective communication platform, so as to attain a cost-benefit mechanism on library acquisitions, resources development and sharing, inter-library loan and also saving of administrative expenses. Some concrete outcomes have been yielded over the past few years. MALA also played a key role in forming the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Library Alliance.

While hailing the accomplishment of MALA, this presentation will also delineate the challenges that the work of MALA presents. It is hoped that the story of MALA, both its benefits and challenges, will serve as a case study for other similar consortiums to take note of.

Biography: Dr. Paul W. T. Poon has been the University Librarian, University of Macau since 2005. Before that, he was the University Librarian, City University of Hong Kong. He has been actively involved with academic library administration and research for well over several decades. In his current position at the University of Macau, Dr. Poon has transformed a traditional library to a dynamic and state-of-the-art academic library, well-equipped for challenges in the 21st century. He also played a pivotal role in relocating the old Library in Taipa to a much larger library building in the University’s new campus in Hengqin in 2014.

Dr. Poon is the recipient of the University of Michigan School of Information 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University Library, and affiliated with the Documentation and Information Centre of Fudan University Library as a Guest Lecturer. In addition, Dr. Poon is a member of the Executive Committee of the OCLC Asia-Pacific Regional Council.

Dr. Poon’s academic credentials include a Bachelor degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, post-graduate study at the College of Librarianship Wales, UK (now part of the Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK), and a Ph.D. degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan, USA.



Dr Frederick Nesta
Senior Lecturer
University College London, Qatar

Consortia from past to future, from sharing to giving

Abstract: Libraries have a long history of cooperation. This essay outlines that history and how cooperation, association, and consortia have provided substantial benefits to libraries and their patrons. It also looks at the current threats and opportunities that libraries and the academic community face and proposes that libraries and academic institutions unite globally to further their interests and become not just curators of information but aggressive publishers of it.

Biography: Dr Frederick Nesta is Senior Lecture for UCL Qatar’s MA in Library and Information Studies, a programme he started in Qatar in 2013. Dr Nesta’s library career has included supervisory positions at major research libraries, including New York Public Library and Columbia University, as well as experience in corporate and special libraries, and directorships at academic libraries in New York, London, and Hong Kong. From 2004 to 2011 he was University Librarian at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. He served as JULAC Convener, 2006-2007

Dr Nesta holds an MLS from Columbia University and a PhD from the Department of Information Studies of Aberystwyth University. His research interests include the history, economics, and marketing of late Victorian books; the history and culture of the book in China; and the interactions between people and digital and printed texts.