Hong Kong University Library Leadership Institute 2016

14th HKUL Institute

From 22 to 26 April 2016, over 50 Librarians and Library Leaders from Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, the United States and Australia convened in Kuala Lumpur for the 14th Annual HKU Library Leadership Institute on the theme “Library Leadership in a Disruptive World: Today & Tomorrow”.

Organised by the University of Hong Kong Libraries in partnership with Monash University Malaysia and Taylor’s University, the objectives of the Institute were to “develop and enhance management and leadership qualities in academic and research librarians in the Asia region” and to “enhance collaboration and foster relations among academic and research libraries in the region”. Three LLC Liaison Librarians and the Metadata and Resources Management Coordinator participated in the 2016 edition of the Institute.

The Institute’s Facilitators included Jeffrey Trzeciak, University Librarian at Washington University Libraries (USA); Steve O’Connor, Director of Information Exponentials (Australia), Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and Editor of the journal Library Management; and Dianne Cmor, Deputy University Librarian at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).

O’Connor presented on ‘Managing Change at Disruptive Times’, ‘Creating a Service Oriented Organization’ and ‘Innovative Technologies for Libraries’ engaging the audience in reflecting on how technologies have disrupted service models and what happens to companies that ignore change vs. those that not only embrace change, but anticipate key changes in their marketplaces.

Trzeciak presented on ‘New Library Spaces’, ‘New Collections, New Perspectives’ and ‘Collaborating Inside and Outside of Libraries’. Jeffrey provided a fresh perspective on what a library building could be, and innovative ways to create spaces for the academic communities that we serve. He illustrated various creative ways to look at library collections, physically and virtually. He led participants to think outside of the box by considering collaborating widely across university campuses and the greater surrounding communities.

Cmor presented on ‘Supporting Learning and Research on Campus’, challenging assumptions about what libraries are, what library buildings look like, and what the roles of a librarian are and should be. She encouraged participants to grow outside the roles of traditional library services by mapping major trends in higher education research and learning to local contexts and priorities.

A pillar of engagement at the HKUL Institute, the Case Study project, allowed participants to consolidate their learning outcomes and exercise leadership abilities. In this year’s case study, in which a library burned down, 6 groups had to restore and repurpose the space to enhance student learning, teaching and research, enhance inter-campus collaboration and facilitate community outreach.

Each cohort put on its thinking caps. Leaders emerged. Assumptions were challenged. Creativity and boldness were encouraged … the more seemingly impossible the better. Friendships and professional connections were born, allowing the creation of new bonds, and forming a network of professionals in academic libraries across Asia with whom to continue the conversation, collaborate, share ideas, examine pitfalls, and assess successes and learning experiences.

A particular thank you goes out to Dr. Peter E. Sidorko, University Librarian at Hong Kong University and Institute Director, Dr. Y.C Wan, Deputy University Librarian, and the organising committee for making the 2016 HKU Library Leadership Institute a truly remarkable and unforgettable learning and growing experience.