Proactive measures were taken to protect the safety of users amid the pandemic. Extensive and frequent furniture and signage shifts were required to accommodate changing social distancing requirements.
We modified the seat numbers and spacing as required by government and health regulations.
We kept study rooms in the Learning Commons open, while closing all other study rooms in the Library.
The G/F thermal sensing unit was ceiling mounted and another one added to the Learning Commons entrance. The less obtrusive ceiling mounts make a more pleasing and welcoming atmosphere at the entrances.
7 Library iTalks & 4 New Exhibitions (Hybrid & Online)
The Library hosted a variety of iTalks in 2020-21. Some were hybrid (live speaker presenting , plus Zoom) and others, Zoom only. Over 1,000 participants joined these talks. More than 96% (710/735) of survey respondents said they “strongly enjoyed” or “enjoyed” the events. Some were purely via Zoom and others were more hybrid: speaker + camera and Zoom.
September 24, 2020 – The “Population Problem” in Pacific Asia / Professor Stuart Gietel-Basten; 118 attendees
Library’s 1st Transformative Agreement – Cambridge University Press
The Library signed its first “publish & read” transformative agreement with the Cambridge University Press (CUP). Now, HKUST scholars can publish “gold open access” with 370 CUP journals, with the article processing charges waived.
Supports open access (OA) publishing by effectively removing paywall restrictions.
Raises the visibility and impact of HKUST’s research content.
No quota on the number of papers by HKUST authors that can enjoy the APC waiver.
Waiver is valid for papers with acceptance date between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2023.
Planning for the GZ Library was intense, including building design, moving books from CWB to GZ, preparing tenders, new purchases of print and e-resources, and recruitment of staff.
Library staff held frequent zoom meetings with KPF, the designers for the GZ library building. Library staff made plans to move duplicate or earlier editions of sci-tech and business books and journals to GZ and to buy 100,000 new e-books and ~50 databases.
HKUST Library staff also worked in the hiring process for new GZ Library staff and to prepare tenders for techinal systems.
More Rare & Antique Maps Enhance the Special Collections
In 2020-21, the Special Collections enlarged its collection with 216 maps, additional atlases, and books. The arrival of a restored ancient Chinese map, “Complete Geographical Map of the Everlasting Unified Qing Empire” (大清萬年一統地理全圖) further enriched the collection. Selected maps acquired in recent years have been digitized and uploaded to the Rare & Special eZone for online access by the global public.
The Library began extensive planning and preparation for the developing of the Guangzhou Campus. Library staff have participated in planning with senior university administration, senior faculty members of the Hubs and Thrust areas, other service units (e.g. ISO, ITSC, MTPC, etc.) and the architects. We have laid our concrete plans and timelines for creating the physical and cyber infrastructure for service delivery as well as the physical and online collections to support HKUST-GZ’s teaching, learning, and research.
LibQual 2019 -Benchmarking with Past Show Excellent Results
As part of our continuing efforts to provide service excellence to the University community, the Library conducted a LibQUAL+® Suvey for the 4th time, from 28 October to 1 December 2019. The previous surveys were done in 2007, 2011, and 2015. This year’s LibQual was a joint project of 5 of the 8 JULAC libraries), which can also give a comparative analysis of our services with our peer institutions in Hong Kong. Go here for more details.
Compared to the scores obtained in the past 3 Surveys, we have improved our services since 2007. In 2019, the Library achieved the highest Perceived Mean Score of 7.11, and the smallest gap in Superiority Score of -0.36.
The Library’s Strong Support for HKUST’s RAE 2020 Submissions
The Library gave strong support for HKUST for RAE 2020 by coordinating the bibliographic preparation in the year leading up to the final submission. Over 20 library staff members plus 4 student helpers participated in the project, which was in full force (“full gear”) from May to December 2019.
Three teams handled the full text, metadata and copyright clearance for:
1,625 research outputs
200 underlying references for impact case
20 book titles (80 copies) for physical submission.
Archives’ Contribution to HKUST’s Record Management
After assisting in the consultation on the Archives Law in 2018-19, the Archives played an active role in the implementation of the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system in the university by drafting the University Records Retention and Disposal Schedules and reviewing the Guidelines on Electronic Records Management as drafted by ISO. Briefing sessions were conducted to solicit feedback.
In collaboration with FYTGS, ARO, ISO and the Library thesis team, we developed a unified Thesis Submission System to facilitate the implementation of the new e-copy only policy.
Starting in Fall Term, RPG students can use this new system to submit their theses, which will then be deposited to the theses repository as the official version. This system is a part of the Unified Submission System Project, to streamline not just the submission of theses, but also research datasets, management plans, and IR documents.
After much research, product evaluation, and automation programming, the library Systems unit launched the enterprise-level Library Data Analytics Platform in March 2020. It provides interactive data visualization and analytics functionality to support the Library’s data-driven decision making needs and generates charts.
Seven dashboards were rolled out in the first batch & more will be added in the coming year.
By adopting an open source software for the Platform, we saved HKUST money.
In 2020, the e-book collection (893,500 titles) overtook the print book collection (735,000 volumes). This growth has been part of the Library’s strategic plan for more than 5 years. E-books have made it easier for HKUST students and faculty to get the materials they need for learning and research, even when the Library was shut down because of Covid19.
In 2018, the HKUST community’s e-book usage surged 23%, reaching 99 chapters per student FTE.
This increase in e-book chapter access reflects the Library’s efforts to continue to increase the e-book collection. July 2018 also marked the crossing point where the number of e-book titles (574,207) in HKUST’s collection topped its paper book collection (529,288).
Library Exhibitions & iTalks Nurtured General Education
The Library continued to play an active role in nurturing general education among the HKUST community, despite the challenges of moving online. In 2019-20 we organized more than 20 activities and programs, including 8 Exhibitions and 4 iTalks.
Glimpses into the Past: Chinese Seals and Seal Impression Catalogues through the Dynasties (May to Oct 2020) + 1 talk, 1 tour & 1 demonstration
Stencil Paints by Yu Ping and Ren Ping (Mar to Sep 2020)
Photographs by Jin Shouxian (Dec 2019 to Aug 2020)
The City of Victoria – Old Maps and Photos of Hong Kong (Jul to Oct 2019; Oct 2019 to Feb 2020)
From the Consoling Lotus to the Red Plum: The Legend of Tong Tik-Sang’s Creative Career (Sep 2019 to Feb 2020) + 1 singing performance
Plastic Fashion: Participants’ Work Showcase (Jul to Dec 2019)
iTalks – The Library hosted 4 talks face-to-face (fall 2019) and online (spring 2020) with over 400 attendees
Oct 25, 2019 – 無言老師的生死學問 / 伍桂麟先生
Nov 8, 2019 – 生死之約 / 伍桂麟先生
Mar 6, 2020 – 死亡事件簿 / 伍桂麟先生; 李衍蒨女士
April 28, 2020 – 與抑鬱共舞 / Dr. Christine Lau Pui-ting
Maintained Library Instruction Quantity & Quality in 2019-20
The challenges of 2019-20 did not stop librarians’ collaboration with course instructors to improve students’ information literacy. By switching to online instruction on spring 2020, we continued to deliver library sessions and maintained good quantity and quality compared to recent other years.
258 sessions for 8,893 attendees in both face-to-face and online mode across both seemsters
Spring 2020: 88 Zoom sessions delivered to 2,439 attendees.
52% of the attendees were UGs, 30% were RPGs, and 16% were TPGs