Library Newsletter 131 (February 2024)

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HKUST Library Newsletter | Issue No. 131 | February 2024

Collection Spotlight — Open Access
Publishing Agreements Doubled!

You may have heard of the term Transformative Agreements. TAs have grown in leaps and bounds for the past few years among research institutions worldwide, particularly in countries with funders’ open access mandates.



Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
Charging at our Library

Starting in January, HKUST implemented the government‘s Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Charging. In line with the “polluter-pays” principle, all waste is now charged based on quantity. The scheme aims to drive behavioural changes which requires concerted effort from all sectors and the general public.



Consolidated Service Model for IC

New arrangements for service and equipment in the Information Commons – The initial function of IC combined information services and technologies to support learning beyond classroom lessons by providing an IC Help Desk, collaborative spaces, and workstations with advanced software tools. The IC was revitalized several times after its 2006 launch, with changes in study patterns and user expectations.



Upcoming iTalks : Chinese Encoding,
Silk Road Art, Work & DEI

Chinese Character Encoding Beyond Borders: A Story of Challenges and Solutions (February 22). Encoding Chinese characters for computer systems is far more complex than it appears. Early systems were designed for statis alphabets and overlooked the complexity behind the seamless typing, searching, and reading of CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean).



Facts & Figures: Tech Items Kiosk

Usage of the Tech Items Kiosk has certainly justified the cost! Since its installation, not only has usage been broadly available overnight, even daytime loans have increased markedly – perhaps because it is so easy to do self-service rather than having to approach the staff.



LG5 Arrives!

NOTE – the LG5 Entrance has been delayed, and will be ready in early March.



LibQUAL+ Results & Prizes

Do you remember the online survey called LibQUAL+ that the Library asked you to fill out in the Fall? We are thrilled to have received an overwhelming response. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all of you who took the time to participate.



Facilities Updates

We have been busy recently making improvements all over the Library!
Some are done, with others in process as we try our best to meet your needs!





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