Ten Years of Growth & Achievement: 1992 – Bringing Art to Campus
To enrich the cultural life on campus, the Library organized the first art exhibition featuring art works of prominent artists Huang Miaozi (黃苗子) and Yu Feng (郁風). In the Library’s first decade, over 20 art exhibitions were held in the Library Gallery. These exhibitions represented various media and art forms including Chinese calligraphy and painting, watercolor painting, sculpture, oil, collage, photography, print, rubbing, and seal carving.
Ten Years of Growth & Achievement: 1993 – Introducing Cutting Edge Technology
Through the years, the Library has introduced many new technologies to the Hong Kong Library Community. In 1993, the Library worked closely with a US-based system vendor to develop an innovative “Image Management System”. This system scanned faculty’s handwritten notes, images, assigned reading materials, etc; and provided sophisticated searching capabilities. It was the first of its kind.
Ten Years of Growth & Achievement: 1995 – First Library Web Server in Hong Kong
When the web technology was first unveiled, HKUST Library responded enthusiastically by developing its website immediately. This server allows users seamless access to library information and collections and provides a gateway to electronic resources worldwide.
Ten Years of Growth & Achievement: 1996 – Establishment of the University Archives & Special Collections
Functioning as the institutional memory, the University Archives was formally opened to the University community.
The Special Collections, under development since 1991, include Landmarks in Science and Technology, Antique Maps of China and other valuable items which became available for researchers for the first time.
Ten Years of Growth & Achievement: 1997 – Ovid Mirror Site
The Library undertook the responsibility of providing efficient access and retrieval capabilities for a large number of premier full text databases via Ovid to Hong Kong libraries, including most UGC libraries, along with the Hospital Authority, Vocational Training Council, and some private companies.
As international network connections improved, the need for this service was reduced, and our access migrated from the mirror site to a direct connection to the United States in 2000.
Ten Years of Growth & Achievment: 1999 – Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index Database (CSSCI)
HKUST Library partnered with Nanjing University in the production of the first electronic Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index Database (中文社會科學引文索引). China’s Ministry of Education in 1999 named this project as one of the most significant projects.
It initially covered 496 Chinese language periodicals with over 280,000 citations in the humanities and social sciences published in the mainland, and will grow to include another 100-150 periodicals published in Hong Kong and other countries.
Ten Years of Growth & Achievement: 2000 – Collaboration with & Honors Received from Mainland Universities
The Library has close exchanges with many libraries in the mainland. In recognizing her contributions, our University Librarian was conferred Guest Professorship (客座教授) by Peking University (北京大學) in 2000, Nanjing University (南京大學) in 1999, and Jilin University (吉林大學) in 2001. She was appointed Library Advisor in 1996 by Tsinghua University (清華大學).