Launched in Fall 2014, the Library has 2 printers (MakerBot and Up Box), using PLA filament, a biodegradable polymer. HKUST community members made 198 requests in the first year. with a 75% success rate.
In addition to allowing HKUST community members to experiment with 3-D printing at low cost; this bookable service also provides design resources and a Gallery of 3-D Printed objects made with this service.
The Library also hosts Open Houses to promote the service within the HKUST community. 2014-15 saw 12 sessions given to 130 attendees.
Major renovation work on 1/F and LG1 created a better learning and study environment with a 12% overall increase in seating (57% increase on LG1).
The renovated Media zone on LG1 then became spill-over 24 hour space in 2015 spring exam period, as it will continue to do in the future. On 1/F the new furniture and carpet gave a new look and feel, while the Thesis Room was upgraded and fitted out as a “deep quiet” study spot.
The number of power sockets doubled on 1/F & LG1, satisfying a long-standing student need, while the Idea Wall in LC (created for students to write or draw on freely) has proved popular.
More students, faculty, and staff are using InterLibrary Loan and Documents Supply services. After increasing 22% in 2013-14, it increased another 7.3% in 2014-15, while the fill rate continues high at 98%.
This year we also increased access for HKUST users, by entering into ILL agreements with the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences and with the 500-member China Academic Library & Information System (CALIS)
As part of being a learning organization, the Library encourages staff to develop professionally, and share their knowledge and expertise locally and globally, with the goal to improve HKUST Library’s services and resources provision. As a result, HKUST Library staff gave 18 conference presentations and published two articles and one book chapter this past year.
As part of the Library’s continuing professional development, in order to improve library services at HKUST, the Library held: 16 Library Connects (514 attendees), 9 Fun 紛 Cafés (248 attendees), and the Library Staff Retreat ( two half-days on June 18 & 19, 2015).
Library Connect is a forum for staff to share their professional knowledge and conference experiences. 2014-15 topics included Library signage, 3-D printing, Library marketing, & the new ACRL Framework on Information Literacy. Fun 紛 Café is a lunch-time gathering where staff share hobbies and interests, such as photography. The Staff Retreat is now an annual event, and an integral part of the Library’s strategic planning methods.
In spring 2014, we administered the Madison Assessment of information literacy to 255 third year students as a post-test (following up on the fall 2011 pretest given to 266 of the same cohort when they were first year students).
The students showed statistically significant improvement in their overall information literacy proficiency. They went from only 54% of them proficient to 77.6% of them proficient or “advanced” proficient.
Research Assessment Exercise 2014 – A Difficult Journey Completed Successfully
December 16th, 2013 was a happy day. It was the submission deadline for RAE, Prof Joseph Lee, VPRGS, and Prof Tongxi Yu, submitted the data to UGC on behalf of HKUST in the Library’s Special Collections Gallery.
Since October 2011, the Library worked closely with UGC, JULAC, VPRGO and cost centers on RAE 2014.
We helped to process research outputs, obtain full-text, input and verify metadata, clear copyright and create the Document Repository.
We were involved with training and meetings with cost centers.
With other UGC libraries, we contacted 161 major and 1,300 minor publishers to clear copyright.
A long and arduous task for many at the university, the Library and its staff were proud to participate and help
A major renovation work was completed to create the Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber Of Commerce Ko Pui Shuen Gallery. This gallery space now has increased security and acoustic control. Three exhibitions plus some meetings have already been held in this multi-function gallery.
With funding provided by Dr. Ko Pui Shuen, we also completed the digitization of antique maps, maps of China, HKUST posters and architectural drawings, which are now available in the RSE – the Rare and Special E-Zone http://library.ust.hk/rse.
To update our researchers on latest trends in scholarly publishing and communications, the Library launched a new website, Scholarly Communications @HKUST Library http://library.ust.hk/sc/. This online information platform focuses on 4 main areas: Author Tips, Data Management, Open Access (OA), and Research Repositories.
In conjunction with major academic publishers, the Library held 3 Author Workshops for HKUST staff and RPGs. Videos, PowerPoints, etc. from the workshops are hosted on the new website.
We made a number of enhancements to the HKUST Scholarly Publications Database. These included the redesign of the Home Page, implementation of Online Attention with altmetrics badge, addition of Project data and Patent records, and establishment of links to retrieve pre-published full-text version in the Institutional Repository.
It has proven useful and popular with the HKUST community; with PAO having implemented a search box in the Home Page of the HKUST Website to enable visitors to use the SPD. This was made possible by using the SPD API we previously developed.
New Joint University Access Card Successfully Launched
Led by HKUST, this project aimed to produce a durable plastic card, to facilitate users’ access to other JULAC libraries. Another aim was to streamline users’ registration process at host libraries. On behalf of JULAC, we tendered a vendor to design and supply pre-printed cards, printers, and software.
We took a leading role in designing the JULAC Card Registration Systems (JCRS) and developing its core component to facilitate user-initiated transfer of data among member libraries in a secured environment.
The new JULAC Library Card was launched on May 19, 2014.
This year we held a record number of events, with high attendance and encouraging feedback. Some of the events were part of the University academic programs, partnering with departments and campus units. There were 7 exhibitions and 31 related talks and guided tours, in addition to the display of student artworks. The 7 exhibitions were: