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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 inter-institutional rivalry.

Major Themes

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?


Keynote Speakers

To be announced

Conference Organizer

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




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