About The Conference
繁體 | 简体
In celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Chinese University of
Hong Kong (CUHK), the University Library System at CUHK and The
Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC), a consortium
that joins together in partnership the eight publically-funded Hong
Kong institutions of higher learning, will hold a combined conference
on 30th and 31st May 2013, entitled "Academic Librarian 3: The Yin-Yang
of Future Consortial Collaboration and Competition".
The aims of the conference are: (1) to share frank information on
the achievements and future challenges of academic library consortia
in Asia and the world; (2) to provide a forum for discussion on
expansion of reader services across campuses and national boundaries,
by 1) combining resources and linking technologies to enhance staff
performance and training as well as information storage access and
delivery, and 2) leveraging funds through joint purchase of materials
in addition to the adoption of best contracting and licensing practices.
Speakers at the third CUHK-sponsored "Academic Librarian"
conference in Hong Kong should focus on not only the advantages,
but also the stresses and strains of future consortial collaboration
and cooperation. As suggested by the Chinese expression in
the Conference subtitle "Yin-Yang 陰陽", future generations
of academic librarians clearly cannot survive without acknowledging
and perhaps even anticipating and embracing the dynamic relationship
between deeper professional collaborative efforts and continuing
The 2-day conference will be divided into 4 themes focusing on:
|Theme 1 - Academic library consortia governance:
a 3-mile high view of balance, priorities and evaluation.
Papers in this area may focus on the major factors in establishing,
governing, structuring, and strategically planning consortial
groups at all levels from international, national to local.
For example, what are the current burning issues and challenging
trends in organizing library consortia? How does a consortia deal with rival consortia? What is the value
of consortial activities and membership to member institutions?
How can we develop and further partnerships between regional
consortia and/or consortial member libraries? Are there material
or specific differences in the stresses and strains facing local, regional
and national consortial management groups? As vendor companies
combine into near monopolies, are consortia of consortia a
growing and inevitable trend? What power can consortia exercise
to influence the market and open access? How do we assess
value perceived value and return on investment?
|Theme 2 - Co-operative staff development:
benefits, pitfalls and best practices.
Papers presented under this theme may focus on the benefits
and problems associated with consortial staff development
activities. For example, staff development is easy to
say, but difficult to run on a sustained basis. How
can consortia set up initial and on-going staff training
and staff exchanges to ensure both direct value and
sustainable and measurable impact on member libraries'
participating staff? What happens when libraries themselves might be competitor training organization? How do consortia arrange staff
development programmes in the face of competing needs
and varying budgets in member libraries? In what ways
can a consortial staff development programme directly
benefit the consortium itself? Can institutional procedures
be streamlined to reflect the consortial role from a
human resources perspective in terms of staff skills
enhancement, joint advocacy and fund raising activities?
Honest case studies of successful and not so successful
programmes would be welcomed under this topic.
|Theme 3 - Cutting edge approaches
to access to and storage of shared paper-based and digital
collections: open and closed systems.
This theme focuses on the central shared storage of, physical
retention of, and access to, print and digital collections.
For example, how do technological developments influence
the strategies and activities of consortia in shared
collection management? What are the challenges in co-operatively
constructing and sharing local specialized databases
and other cooperatively purchased digital collections?
What methods can be used to minimize individual rivalries among members competing for the same space and access? How do consortia decide and prioritize competition concerning what collections
to place in shared storage in relation to member libraries'
specific demands and immediate needs for shelving and/or
digitization and electronic storage capacity? How does
the availability of digital collections factor into
decisions on consolidating print collections? How can
we develop the role of open access and open repositories
using combined consortial resources? Can shared enquiry
and reference services help enhance quality assessment
and reader satisfaction? How does a consortium define
'access' as opposed to 'discovery'?
|Theme 4 - Centralizing collection
management and technical services: inevitable or avoidable?
|This theme addresses the nature of collaborative consortial
arrangements from a technical service (TS) and collection
management point of view. For example, how do libraries
address the reorganization of library processes and services
resulting from consortial pressure and activities? Do
we have to integrate our diverse TS, or can libraries
hope to maintain some or all local independence in TS
work? What are the challenges in, for instance, shared
bibliographic services and consortial digital and print
purchasing (licensing, negotiation and payments)? Does
cooperative collection development ease "collection
one-upmanship or merely cause it to mutate into a new
form?" How do consortia successfully mount programmes
for, say, collaborative collection development, co-operative
inter-library loan activities and even unified web portals?
What are good models and guarantees for the construction
and sharing of information resources?
To be announced
University Library System, The
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee
May 30-31, 2013
Lecture Theatre 5, Lee Shau Kee Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Under the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Ordinance (Cap.371), the entire campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (including indoor and outdoor areas) has been designated as no smoking area with effect from January 1, 2007. The Chinese University of Hong Kong is committed to maintaining a smoke-free campus. Thank you for your cooperation.
Last update: February 6, 2013