In 2017, the HKUST community downloaded over 1 million book chapters from our e-book collection. At the same time, e-journal article use remained strong (less than in 2016, but still more than in 2015).
This increase in the e-book chapter downloads is a logical result of the Library’s efforts to continue to increase the e-book collection, which has risen from ~259,000 titles in 2014 to 574,000 in 2018.
Pleased with how the Library used her previous donation to renovate the 1/F Special Collections Gallery and digitize our map & rare book collection, in 2017 Dr. Ko Pui Shuen donated $HK 4 million to develop the Library’s Special Collections further. The money will be used over the next 3 years to create and deliver:
A reference book on the western maps of China
An interactive website to explore the antique maps
Two international workshops for academic exchange on the cartography of China
Purchasing additional Chinese and western maps of China for the Special Collections
Exhibitions, featuring the items acquired with these new funds
The Library is extremely grateful to Dr. Ko and appreciates the efforts that HKUST’s DAO also contributed in facilitating this generous donation.
The Library designed and installed a more attractive and interesting physical display to allow users to browse and choose newly arrived books. At the same time, staff developed a new program to make it easier for users to browse new books 24/7 from whatever device they choose from the New Arrivals web-page.
To take advantage new efficiencies made possible by the new Shared ILS, HKUST Library staff worked with the JULAC Change Manager in 2017-18 to do process re-engineering in three areas: Electronic Records Management; Thesis and E-Thesis submission; and Weeding.
Electronic Records Management – (ERM) involves the ordering, acquisition, organization, and usage maintenance of the Library’s electronic resources (e-journals, databases, etc.).
Over several sessions, staff mapped out 11 different “as is” ERM work processes and then developed “should be” process maps and responsibility matrices, which improved workflow and communication for ERM.
Thesis Submission – Processing MPhil and PhD theses involves many departments and units within the Library, as well as outside the Library. The JULAC Change Manager helped the different library units work to streamline & and speed up the process of handling thesis submission.
To give an idea of the scope of the complexity, here are the stakeholders involved:
Within the Library 6 units: Acquisitions, Adminstration, Cataloging, Circulation, Reference, & Systems.
Within HKUST: Academic departments, PGSO, ARO, & individual students
Outside HKUST: ProQuest, and commercial binders
Collection Weeding: this process re-engineering was a cross-departmental 6-month project. Three new workflows and responsibility matrices for Books, Journals and Media Resources took effect from January 2018.
Why weeding? The Library has reached almost maximum shelving capacity; at the same time, book and journal weeding are regular part of its collection maintenance activity.
As part of the greater collaborations resulting from the new Shared ILS, HKUST Library joined the other JULAC Libraries in the HKCAN (Hong Kong Chinese Authority (Name)) work-group, and took a leading role in data cleanup. During the migration process, the Library developed programs to synchronize the HKCAN content with data from Library of Congress, merged HKUST’s 58,827 Chinese authority records to it, and automated data clean up.
Why is name authority important? Many people use variants of their names (Nick names, professional names, nom de plume, etc.). Libraries want their users to be able to search one name, and find all the things that person wrote, performed, etc. Hong Kong Chinese names can be even more complex, with various romanizations, traditional and simplified versions, using nick-names, “English” names, initials, etc. HKCAN is a major resource on author names in Chinese languages.
InfoLit for U MOOC (JULAC Information Literacy Project) Released
InfoLit for U MOOC is an information literacy course-ware developed by 8 JULAC libraries that was released in January 2018. It is available for individual use across all UGC-supported universities, and beyond, as a self-paced non-credit-brearing asynchronous class.
To explore linked data discovery, the Library implemented a Knowledge Card in PowerSearch to provide users with enriched information about people, organizations and subjects mentioned in the work.
This is made possible by harvesting Linked Open Data from WikiData; and is a part of a bigger project of our Bibliographic Linked Data Learning Platform.
In the past year, we enhanced the platform by piloting the transformation of bibliographic records in Alma to various linked data schemas, including BIBFRAME 2.0, RDA/RDF and JSON-LD. The Knowledge Card was a by-product of this development