In spring 2014, we administered the Madison Assessment of information literacy to 255 third year students as a post-test (following up on the fall 2011 pretest given to 266 of the same cohort when they were first year students).
The students showed statistically significant improvement in their overall information literacy proficiency. They went from only 54% of them proficient to 77.6% of them proficient or “advanced” proficient.
Research Assessment Exercise 2014 – A Difficult Journey Completed Successfully
December 16th, 2013 was a happy day. It was the submission deadline for RAE, Prof Joseph Lee, VPRGS, and Prof Tongxi Yu, submitted the data to UGC on behalf of HKUST in the Library’s Special Collections Gallery.
Since October 2011, the Library worked closely with UGC, JULAC, VPRGO and cost centers on RAE 2014.
We helped to process research outputs, obtain full-text, input and verify metadata, clear copyright and create the Document Repository.
We were involved with training and meetings with cost centers.
With other UGC libraries, we contacted 161 major and 1,300 minor publishers to clear copyright.
A long and arduous task for many at the university, the Library and its staff were proud to participate and help
A major renovation work was completed to create the Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber Of Commerce Ko Pui Shuen Gallery. This gallery space now has increased security and acoustic control. Three exhibitions plus some meetings have already been held in this multi-function gallery.
With funding provided by Dr. Ko Pui Shuen, we also completed the digitization of antique maps, maps of China, HKUST posters and architectural drawings, which are now available in the RSE – the Rare and Special E-Zone http://library.hkust.edu.hk/rse.
To update our researchers on latest trends in scholarly publishing and communications, the Library launched a new website, Scholarly Communications @HKUST Library http://library.hkust.edu.hk/sc/. This online information platform focuses on 4 main areas: Author Tips, Data Management, Open Access (OA), and Research Repositories.
In conjunction with major academic publishers, the Library held 3 Author Workshops for HKUST staff and RPGs. Videos, PowerPoints, etc. from the workshops are hosted on the new website.
We made a number of enhancements to the HKUST Scholarly Publications Database. These included the redesign of the Home Page, implementation of Online Attention with altmetrics badge, addition of Project data and Patent records, and establishment of links to retrieve pre-published full-text version in the Institutional Repository.
It has proven useful and popular with the HKUST community; with PAO having implemented a search box in the Home Page of the HKUST Website to enable visitors to use the SPD. This was made possible by using the SPD API we previously developed.
New Joint University Access Card Successfully Launched
Led by HKUST, this project aimed to produce a durable plastic card, to facilitate users’ access to other JULAC libraries. Another aim was to streamline users’ registration process at host libraries. On behalf of JULAC, we tendered a vendor to design and supply pre-printed cards, printers, and software.
We took a leading role in designing the JULAC Card Registration Systems (JCRS) and developing its core component to facilitate user-initiated transfer of data among member libraries in a secured environment.
The new JULAC Library Card was launched on May 19, 2014.
This year we held a record number of events, with high attendance and encouraging feedback. Some of the events were part of the University academic programs, partnering with departments and campus units. There were 7 exhibitions and 31 related talks and guided tours, in addition to the display of student artworks. The 7 exhibitions were: