With a donation of $3 million from Dr Ko Pui-shuen, Chairman of Kingrich Asia Holdings Limited, the Library has initiated two projects to enhance access to and use of the University Archives & Special Collections.
Building a Special Collections Gallery
In addition to providing reading and research space for users, the Gallery will be dedicated to exhibitions of our Special Collections and University archival materials; such as antique maps of China, classical science and technology-related rare books, and HKUST historical documents. During the past few months, we have worked with the designer to come up with a design layout and are in the process of selecting a construction vendor. The target completion date is August 2013.
The Gallery will be named the “Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce Ko Pui Shuen Gallery (™港潮州商會高佩璇展閱廳)” to honor the donor.
Digitizing Special Collections and University Archives Material
To provide easier access to our Special Collections and University Archives, selective items will be digitized and a digital content management system will be developed. Since last September, we have identified items for digitization in high resolution images; which include antique maps, rare books, some Chinese thread-bound books, University publications and architectural plans.
Scanning work has started as well as the in-house design of the digital content management system. The project is planned to complete in 3 years.
We hope these two enhancement projects will bring our students and faculty closer to our Special Collections and University Archives and at the same time, raise the visibility and usage of these valuable and unique items.