JULAC 50th Anniversary Conference (5 – 6 December 2017)

Conference Theme:  Library Collaboration at Dizzying Heights: Innovation and Impact 

Background:  Libraries across all sectors and in all areas of library activity are increasingly relying upon each other to meet the growing and evolving demands of our users and stakeholders.  Collaboration at multiple levels across libraries and between libraries and other partners such as research offices, museums, technology support and a myriad of others, are increasingly becoming the norm.  These collaborative efforts can no longer be realized for merely a feel good demonstration.  They are required for survival.  These collaborative efforts must be deep and radical.

In a letter dated 16th December, 1966, Dr Kenneth Ernest Robinson, The University of Hong Kong’s Vice Chancellor wrote to the Librarian, Mr H.A. Rydings, declaring “the Vice-Chancellors of the two Universities in Hong Kong wish to set up a joint committee for purposes of close liaison and of giving advice to the Vice-Chancellors on library matters … which we wish to call the Universities Joint Libraries Advisory Committee”.

Today, over 50 years since that first meeting between the Librarians from The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the now named JULAC (Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee) is comprised of all 8 University Librarians that form part of the Universities funded by the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

This conference is intended as a celebration of those 50 years of achievements and to speculate on future developments focusing on deep collaboration through the identification and exchange of international best practices.

Date:   5th – 6th December, 2017 (1.5 days).

Venue:  Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Auditorium, The University of Hong Kong.

Conference Programme:

Day 1: December 5, 2017 

Schedule Event/Topic Speaker
8:30 Registration
9:00 Opening remarks Dr Richard Armour, JP, Secretary-General, UGC 
Prof Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Hong Kong
Prof Wai-yin Poon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr Sidney Cheng, JULAC Chair
9:30 Keynote 1
The powers of consortia: scaling capacity, learning, innovation and influence
Mr Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research, Chief Strategist, OCLC [ presentation ]
10:15 Group photo / tea break

Plenary session 1 (3 speakers)
Founding history, vision and mission, strategic directions

10:45 Success, Opportunity and Challenges: A JULAC Response to Lorcan Dempsey’s Keynote Address Mr Peter Sidorko, University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong
Ms Louise Jones, University Librarian, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
[ presentation ]
11:20 The cooperation of the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) during 1967 to 1983 Dr Andrew Liu, Assistant Librarian I, Lingnan University Library [ presentation ]
11:55 InfoLit for U:
Enhancing Information literacy in Hong Kong Higher Education Through the Development and Implementation of Shared Interactive Multimedia Courseware
Dr Shirley Wong, University Librarian, Pao Yue-kong Library, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Dr Johnny Yuen, Senior Project Fellow, Pao Yue-kong Library, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

[ presentation ]
12:30 Q&A
12:45 Lunch  (please visit exhibitor booths and the rare manuscript exhibition in the library)
2:00 Keynote 2
Rethinking Library Collaboration After the Heroic Age
Dr Michael Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, CAVAL [ presentation ]

Plenary session 2 (2 speakers)
JULAC projects – technology collaborations

2:45 The Birth of the JULAC Shared
Integrated Library System: Process and Prospect
Mr K.T. Lam, Associate University Librarian, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology [ presentation ]
3:20 JULAC Libraries’ Journey on Shared Cataloging Ms Connie Lam, Cataloging Librarian (Western & E-Resources), The University of Hong Kong Libraries [ presentation ]
3:55 Tea break
4:25 Sharing session
(All former JULAC directors)
Dr Steve Ching (City University of Hong Kong, 2004-2015)
Mrs Lily Hu (Lingnan University, 1991-2002)
Dr Lai Bing Kan (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1972-1983; The University of Hong Kong, 1984-1997)
Dr Frederick Nesta (Lingnan University, 2004-2011)
Mr Steve O’Connor (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2007-2011), Facilitator
Dr Paul Poon (City University of Hong Kong 1995-2001)
Dr Michael Robinson (The Hong Kong Institute of Education, 2005-2012)
Dr Colin Storey (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2000-2012)
Mrs Lucia Tsui (The Hong Kong Institute of Education, 1997-2005)
5:25 Q&A
6:30 Dinner


Day 2: December 6, 2017 

Schedule Event/Topic Speaker
9:15 Keynote 3
Retrospect and Prospect of the Cooperation of Academic Libraries Among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau
Prof Cheng Huanwen, Professor and University Librarian, Sun Yat-sen University Library [ presentation ]
10:00 Tea break

Plenary session 3 (3 speakers)
Consortium challenges and benefits

10:30 Consortiall Activities of JULAC Ms Diana Chan, University Librarian, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology [ presentation ]
11:05 The Story of MALA: Genesis, Development, and Synergy Dr Paul Poon, University Librarian, University of Macau [ presentation ]
11:40 Consortia from Past to Future, from Sharing to Giving Dr Frederick Nesta, Senior Lecturer, University College London, Qatar [ presentation ] [ paper ]
12:15 Q&A
12:30 Closing remarks Dr Sidney Cheng, JULAC Chair


Speakers’ information
Keynote speakers , Other speakers

HKUL tour on Dec 4 Mon 5-6pm; invite overseas attendees of the conference to join the opening ceremony of the rare MS exhibition, HKUL entrance

Registration Fee:
JULAC Participants:
$100 (exclude dinner)
$450 (include dinner)

Non-JULAC Participants:
$200 (exclude dinner)
$550 (include dinner)

Evaluation Summary


Vehicle Directions to Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre


Dinner Location

Conference Organising Committee:
Gayle Chan (Chair), HKU
Leo Ma, CUHK
Teresa To, CityU
Steve Wong, EdUHK
Kendall Crilly, HKBU
Gladys Tam, PolyU
Alice Ho, HKUST
Tommy Yeung, LU
Bonnie Ko, JULAC


Sponsors and Acknowledgement: