An exhibition of photographs by Cheung Ping, a renowned Hong Kong photographer, will open in the Library Gallery on 22 April. More than 90 works will be on display including many from Mr. Cheung's famous collection of 'Splendours of China.'
Cheung Ping studied fine arts first, and took up photography later. He creates a work of photography in the same way as he would in painting. The poetic element of the scene may first inspire him with a theme and later he would write one or two lines of poem in the 'right' place of the photo. Actually, his writing is always an indispensable part of the composition. We may say that Cheung Ping handles a camera as deftly as a Chinese brush, and his work is a union of photo art, poetry, painting, and calligraphy.
COLLECTION SPOTLIGHT: 中文數據庫簡介
除了二十五史以外，（見Library Notes - issue 19, February1996），為使科大師生更容 易和更快捷地查詢中國所出版的文獻，本館設有以下六種中文電子數據庫。
《中國資訊》是一項經由萬維網提供中國新聞和商業信息的全文資訊服務。內容包 括全國六百多份報章的主要商業新聞，人民日報及中國青年報的全部內容，全國法 律法規，上市公司通告及年報，經濟學者發表的文章和政府調查報告，以及全國主 要企業，政府機構，政府領導和知名人士的資料。《中國資訊》的介面簡單易用， 兼備主題瀏覽和全文檢索兩種功能。數據庫設於北京，由中國資訊行製作，提供資 料的機構計有中國新華社，國家統計局，國家信息中心，人民日報社以及中央電視 台。讀者可透過圖書館聯機檢索系統（Library Online System --> Online Databases --> Complete List of Dbs --> Business --> China Infobank） 使用數據庫的索引和顯示標題，但必須到館內的中國資訊站才可獲取全文。
《路透中文商業資訊》提供全文資訊服務。內容包括香港明報、信報、和星島日報 的全部新聞，以及從三百多份中國報章雜誌選取的文章。讀者可選擇以國家、商號 和主題瀏覽資料，或作全文檢索。服務站設於本館檢索室內。
《人民日報索引》提供1946年至1995年人民日報的文章題錄，總數超過一百萬條。 檢索點包括標題、日期、國家、體裁和作者。讀者可通過圖書館聯機檢索系統（Library Online System --> Online Databases --> Complete List of Dbs --> Multi-disciplines --> People's Daily Index）使用該數據庫。所有文章的全文均可由館藏縮微膠卷索取。
此外，《中央通訊社剪報資料查詢系統》的索引現在已安裝於網絡上。這個全文圖 像數據庫收錄了中、港、台四十多份報章的剪報，為數近八十萬篇，並提供十多個 檢索點。讀者可透過本館聯機檢索系統（Library Online System --> Online Databases --> Complete Lists of Dbs --> Multi-disciplines --> CNA Newspaper Clippings） 查詢該數據庫 的索引。找到所需的資料後，再到圖書館的數據檢索室內打印全文圖像。
《中國科學文獻數據庫》目前約有四十萬條記錄包括自1985年起的千餘種中文科技 期刊的論文摘錄。這個由中國科學院出版的數據庫，具有很強的檢索功能。現已安 裝於館內的單機光盤服務站。
WEB: UPDATE ON E-JOURNALS
With the recent addition of 57 titles from Springer-Verlag, a dozen from SIAM, and some from others, our collection of e-journals have grown to about 140 titles, which are available at http://library.ust.hk/res/ejournals/
These e-journals are grouped together by school: Science, Engineering, Business & Management, and Humanities & Social Sciences. Since the number of e-journals in Science is numerous, these Science e-journals are further sub-divided by subject: Biology & Biochemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Many of these Science e-journals might be relevant to our non-Science researchers especially for multi-disciplines' researchers. These e-journals are mainly from major publishers and some represent the core journals in their fields.
E-journals have an edge over printed journals in currency, accessibility, and interactivity.
Currency: Printed journals are usually several weeks behind their publishing date since it takes time to ship and process. However, there could be no time delay for e-journals. Let's take Applied Physics Letters as an example. The most current printed issue in the Library is vol. 72, no. 8 published on Feb. 23, 98. Yet, the e-journal version of the journal was 4 issues ahead (vol. 72, no. 12) and it was made available on the Web on the date it was published - Mar 23, 98.
Accessibility: A printed journal is available only to one person at a time. However, an e-journal can be accessed by multiple users concurrently. In the case of LCD Intelligence, it was used 196 times in Feb. 98. The high usage was just close to impossible for the printed equivalence.
Interactivity: One more important advantage of e-journals over printed journals is the interactivity. For example, if you view Journal of Biological Chemistry on the Web, you can link to some other related full-text articles. This will certainly increase your research productivity.
Whenever you find some important e-journals that the Library has not included, please recommend them by filling out the Journal Subscription Request form at http://library.ust.hk/cgi-auth/req-journal.pl, the Library will review your suggestions in the same way as the subscription requests for the printed journals.
You might also be interested in some of the free e-journals available.
Hundreds of these can be found through http://library.ust.hk/res/ejournals/meta.html
INTERNET: HONG KONG GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
Nowadays a lot of government resources are easily accessible on the Internet for free. You can find full text resources, ranging from the recently released Financial Budget to the Hong Kong Annual Report, a frequently used reference book in the Library ( http://www.info.gov.hk/isd/hk97/e1997/eng1997.htm), on Hong Kong Government's bilingual Web site. There you can connect directly to the Web sites of government departments, policy bureaus, and councils, and also search for a wide range of information about Hong Kong in English or in Chinese. Interested in finding out about the government structure? Connect to the organization charts ( http://www.info.gov.hk/govcht_e.htm).
Wish to find out more about the upcoming Legislative Council Elections which is to take place on May 24? Connect to their page ( http://www.info.gov.hk/election/legco.htm).
Every Saturday the Civil Service Bureau publishes government vacancies on the Web ( http://www.hku.hk/hkgcsb/eindex.htm). You can read about the job, the application procedure, as well as print out the application form using the Acrobat Reader 3.0. There are also other commonly used forms available for the public to view and print. They are accessible on http://www.info.gov.hk/forms/.
For Hong Kong Statistics, connect to the Census & Statistics Department page ( http://www.info.gov.hk/censtatd/hkstat/hkstat.htm). You can find the overview of major statistics, time-series data for frequently asked statistics, and latest figures with commentary.
The Laws of Hong Kong is now available on the Web at http://www.info.gov.hk/justice/laws on BLIS (the Bilingual Laws Information System). BLIS contains all Hong Kong's ordinances and subsidiary legislation plus selected constitutional documents including the Sino-British Joint Declaration, the Basic Law and Chinese National Laws applying to Hong Kong.
Information is updated to within a month after the publication of the Government Gazette. The system supports full text searching and switching between English and Chinese versions of the laws.
BLIS does not contain bills or case judgments. The judgments/determinations of the Court of Final Appeal since July 1997 are available from the Judiciary home page at http://www.info.gov.hk/jud/guide2cs/html/faj.htm. Selected bills from April 97 are accessible from the Provisional Legislative Council home page at http://www.plc.gov.hk/yr97-98/english/bills/bills.htm.
To find government information, such as background, constitution, laws,
statistics, of other countries in the world, you can try the University
of Michigan Document Center: Foreign Government Resources on the Web (
award-winning site gives a comprehensive listing of government and related
resources, organized by continent and then by country.
MEDIA: NEW LOOK FOR MICROFORMS AREA
To optimize the usage of space in the Library, a total of eleven rows of compact shelving, with the capacity to hold 63 microform cabinets has been installed in the Media Resources to accommodate future expansion of the microform collection.
The first seven rows of compact shelving are designated for the microfilm collection: the newspaper microfilms including the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Newspaper Clippings, New York Times are shelved alphabetically by title on the front row of cabinets facing the entrance of the department.
The large set of "Goldsmith's-Kress Library of Economic Literature" microform is shelved on the seventh row; and the remaining microfilm collection is shelved from A to Z according to LC Class Number on the 4th and 5th row.
The entire microfiche collection, from A to Z according to LC classifications starts on the 8th row of the compact shelving.
This arrangement groups the bulk microform collection along open aisles for easy accessibility and thus reduce the unnecessary moving of the compact shelves until further expansion of the collection.
At the same time, the installation of the compact shelving in the Archives
and Special Collection Reading Room has been completed. This new set up
also doubles the shelving capacity for the Archives.
OUR CHINESE CONNECTIONS...
The HKUST Library has, in past years, received numerous requests from academic libraries in China for providing training for their librarians. The first such librarian arrived in Hong Kong last week. Ms Fan Aihong, a reference librarian from Tsinghua University, will spend three months in HKUST for intensive training of advance librarianship. In addition to all aspects of reference services, she will also be exposed to other areas of library operations including the development of the Library's web site.
The Library has always had a close relationships with academic libraries in mainland China. Among them, Beida and Tsinghua are more special than others because of the close ties established by our University Librarian when she spend her sabbatical leave at Peking University giving lectures on library automation in 1982. Ms. Chang has since continued to work with the Tsinghua Library's System Dept., and was invited by Tsinghua to participate in its evaluation and selection of a library integrated system. She was appointed as Tsinghua Library's Advisor in 1996.
Since 1993, Beida has acted on our behalf for the acquisitions of Chinese
materials published in China. Basically, Beida Library would simply buy
a second copy of their selections for the HKUST Library. This has helped
us up to build up the Chinese Collection rapidly and obtain the Chinese
scholarly publications in a timely and cost-effectively manner. HKUST has
in return hosted many of Beida librarians visits. Last year, our University
Librarian was invited by Beida Library to advise on the layout of its new
library and gave a talk on management of electronic libraries.
WHO TO CONTACT
|University Librarian||2358-6702||MMCHANG||Min-min Chang|
|Acquisitions||2358-6711||LBMKWONG||Ming Kan Wong|
|Archives & Special Collections||2358-6785||LBHOLLIN||Richard Hollinger|
|Bibliographic Services & Projects||2358-6709||LBDONW||Don Wassink|
|Collection Development||2358-6704||LBJOTSUI||Josephine Tsui|
|Document Supply Service||2358-6755||LBLOUISA||Louisa Kwok|
|Media Resources||2358-6786||LBCAPLAN||Victoria Caplan|
|Systems||2358-6741||LBLKT||K. T. Lam|