Library Newsletter 130 (November 2023)

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HKUST Library Newsletter | Issue No. 130 | November 2023

Discover the Fascinating World of Maps at our Exhibition

Step into the Library and prepare to be captivated by the immersive atmosphere of our latest exhibition. Since September an enticing backdrop, an interesting video of Minecraft play scenes, and a colossal globe-like structure have enticed visitors. The Library presents its largest exhibition to date, showcasing our collection of Antique Maps of China, crafted three–four centuries ago.

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Mapping East Asia in Context Symposium

We are delighted to announce that the Library is organizing the Mapping East Asia in Context Symposium on December 6-8, 2023. We will bring together scholars from across the globe to reflect on the state of the field with maps of East Asia produced from 1300 – 1800 drawn by Chinese, Korean, and European mapmakers, focusing on the circulation of cartographic knowledge both within East Asia and from East Asia to Europe.

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Collection Spotlight — Databases for Financial Data and Analytics

PitchBook is a comprehensive database providing data on public and private markets with a focus on private equity, venture capital, and M&A deals. With its user-friendly interface and powerful search capabilities, PitchBook makes it easy for you to find information on deal multiples, fundraising trends, industry-specific metrics, and more.

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Empowering Research Discovery: Transformative AI Technologies

Join us for the Researchers’ Series Special Topics 2023 symposium, where we will delve into the impact of AI on research discovery and scholarly communication. This event will be online via Zoom, and we welcome all HKUST staff and students to join:
https://library.hkust.edu.hk/events
/conferences/ai-scholarly-commu-2023/

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Telling Library Stories

In September, the Library launched a new platform for our staff to present more personal stories. We copied over some relevant articles from the older Library Blog platform and began telling new stories. We are posting fairly short stories about the Library, its services, facilities, resources, staff, or other items of interest selected by library staff members.

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Library iTalk –「然後去了拍電影」

Over 60 students and colleagues attended the Library iTalk 「然後去了拍電影」by alumnus Mr. Ka Sing Fung on October 5. Mr. Ka enrolled in Chemistry at HKUST in 2004, later discovering his interest in writing. He is a library lover and came to the HKUST Library often, exploring the shelves and discovering many gems – good books on art, literature, and design. In his sophomore year, he worked as a part-time journalist for a local cultural magazine; after graduation, he was a full-time reporter and travel journalist. In 2017, he began directing films of different genres, and his first feature film, 《流水落花》Lost Love, was released in 2023.

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Your Library! Your Voice!

Help shape the future of your Library! Take part in our 2023 web-based LibQUAL+® survey. This online questionnaire for current students and staff will be available from November 1-30 and includes 27 fundamental questions, centered around 3 crucial dimensions:

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A Digital Dive into Zheng He’s Voyages to the Western Sea

In a joint venture between the Library and the Division of Humanities, the Digital Humanities (DH) Workshop has initiated a novel project on early Chinese literature. Led by Prof. Jin Huan from the Division of Humanities, this endeavor aims to harness DH tools, such as text mining and GIS mapping, to explore the depths of the early Chinese novel, Zheng He’s Voyages to the Western Sea (Sanbao taijian xi yang ji 《 三寶太監西洋記 》 1597).

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