The Library’s 2020-21 Annual Report on Teaching and Learning had two practices cited as “exemplary”.
1. The Library hired three students to run the Library’s Instagram (IG) account for 6 weeks.
Students worked out the topics with the Library, researched on the materials and posted relevant information to the IG (focused mainly on the Music and Costumes Exhibition and library services and projects). The results included:
Student helpers got involved with the Library’s activities and shared new knowledge with their friends
Learning new skills for their personal development.
Raised the Library’s IG profile, making its activities and resources more relevant to HKUST students as a whole.
2. Library staff utilizes E-Resources Usage Reports to make well-informed renewal decisions (e.g., cancelling seldom used titles).
This replaced manual data collection process of previous years.
The automation was done by setting up a SUSHI harvesting function in Alma, the integrated Library System.
All SUSHI-compliant publishers now auto-feed usage reports to Alma, saving substantial staff time and effort. (LIB Report)
This year, the Library’s Resource Management section implemented 4 more packages of e-resources to auto-load for users to discover via PowerSearch. This means that library patrons can find e-journals and e-books more quickly.
It also helps the Library’s staff reduce time spent on things a machine can do, leaving them free to enhance the user experience in other ways.
In the face of the continued pandemic, Library instruction continued online. This year attendance grew again It was 14% higher than 2020/21 and 36% higher than 4 years ago. Part of it can be attributed to the increase in the variety and number of research support workshops for PG education (92 sessions to 3,613 attendees). Another possible reason is that students may find it sometimes more convenient to attend an online library workshop than to come in.
In April 2022, the Library launched DMPTool@HKUST, a data management plan (DMP) writing platform at HKUST, which uses an open-source platform developed by the University of California Curation Center. Research Support Services in the Library gave two workshops this spring on how to use it and created the DMP Library Guide for self-learning. As of June 2022, over 70 HKUST people have signed up and created over 90 plan.
E-Discovery Week Went Completely Online for the First Time
E-Discovery Week came back in 2022 for the first time since the pandemic, as a completely virtual (online) event. Held Feb. 14-18, 2022, it reached 613 HKUST students and staff across 16 workshops and the “E-Discovery Challenge”.
In fall 2021, with the return to f2f teaching on campus, students surged in to use the Library as a collaboration, learning, and study space. After almost 18 months, it was great to see students back in the Library and excited to use it. Numbers matched pre-Covid levels.
With the 4th wave and the return to online-only learning in spring 2022, the Library remained open (albeit with reduced hours) and kept up all services, even able to offer extended hours during the spring semester final exams in May.
Library Hosts Therapy Dog Sessions for HKUST Students
To relive students from the stress of heavy assignments and grades, the Library teamed up with the Dean of Students office to bring some relaxation and joy via a therapy dog program. The Library hosted several sessions in fall 2021.
During the mingling sessions, students not only petted and cuddled the therapy dogs, they also learn about them from the handlers and the ways to build good relationships with dogs. At the same time, DSTO staff & students could casually chat with and get to know each other more. Good times were had by all and the Library hopes to have more sessions in 2022-23.
The Research Carrels Replacement Exercise finished. On LG3, the new carrels were ready by spring 2021 and the ones on LG4 a few months later. These 400+ new study carrels with modern and vibrant design were in high demand throughout exams and the Spring Term.
Sustainability efforts included recycling the hundreds of 30-year-old wooden study and computer carrels being replaced, with 54 metric tons diverted from the landfill.
Library Systems staff completed 54 projects in the year. The major focus was to further enhance workflow automation. Notable projects included the Financial Management System/Alma invoice payment integration, thesis processing and publishing, and workflow of processing accepted manuscripts for the SPD Institutional Repository. The results helped save many staff hours.
Especially noteworthy was how Systems added an Artwork Collection to the Rare and Special E-Zone by feeding metadata from Alma and linking it to the images of the artwork.