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History of Hong Kong Library Association

In the 1950's, Hong Kong had just been gradually recovering from a series of wars and the library services in Hong Kong were not yet so well developed at that time. In early 1958, Mrs. Dorothea Scott, the Librarian of University of Hong Kong, realized that in a long run, it was necessary to establish an organization to unite the practitioners in different libraries and information institutions, to plan and promote the development of the library profession and to enhance the professional status of the library practitioners. On 3rd April, over 40 library practitioners from different local libraries and information institutes attended a meeting convened by Mrs. Scott at Fung Ping Shan Library, University of Hong Kong, to determine on the establishment of the association. The inaugural meeting of the association was held on the 11th September and Mrs. Scott was elected the first Chairman of the association. The first Council was set up and the constitutions were endorsed. The founding of the association laid a milestone on the development of library and information profession in Hong Kong.

Over the past 52 years, through the enthusiasms and efforts of a group of voluntary library practitioners, the association greatly helped to enhance the development of local library and information profession, raise the professional status of library practitioners and unite the interests of them through the provision of a series of academic activities, publications, professional courses, scholarships and awards, etc.

Chronology

1958

April, Librarian of the University of Hong Kong Library Mrs. Dorothea Scott convened a meeting in Fung Ping Shan Library and the decision to establish the Hong Kong Library Association was reached. More than 40 local library practitioners joined the meeting. September, Hong Kong Library Association was founded. Mrs. Dorothea Scott was elected Chairman of the Association.

1959

Ms. Ng Tung-king was elected Chairman of the Association.  

1960

Ms. Dorothea Scott was elected Chairman of the Association. Miss Roy Land hosted a subject talk to the Association. Prof. Edmund Blunden hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1961

Ms. Kan Lai-bing was elected Chairman of the Association. Mr. J.M. Braga hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1962

Ms. Kan Lai-bing was elected Chairman of the Association. Mr. J.D. Pearson hosted 3 sessions of subject talks to the Association Mr. Chow Jui hosted a subject talk to the Association. Mr. H.A. Rydings hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1963

Mr. H.A Rydings was elected Chairman of the Association. “Libraries in Hong Kong, a directory” was published by the Association. The first issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Bulletin” was published. Miss Dorothy Lee hosted a subject talk to the Association. July, the Association organized a “Seminar on Library Staff” Miss Elvajean Hall hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1964

Mr. H.A Rydings was elected Chairman of the Association. April, A seminar on “Introducing the reader to the library” was organized by the Association in cooperation with the Department of Extra-Mural Studies, University of Hong Kong. September, the “Certificate Course for Library Assistants” was jointly offered by the Department of Extra-Mural Studies, University of Hong Kong and the Association for the first time. Mr. J.D. Pearson hosted a subject talk to the Association. Mr. J.H. Ottemiller hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1965

Mr. H.A Rydings was elected Chairman of the Association. May, Dr. J.H.P. Pafford hosted a subject talk to the Association. August, A seminar on “Libraries in secondary schools” was organized by the Association in cooperation with the Education Department of Hong Kong Government. October, the first issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Newsletter” was published. November, Mr. Leo Hua-shen hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1966

Mr. H.A Rydings was elected Chairman of the Association.

1967

Mr. J.S. Bristow was elected Chairman of the Association. September, Mr. F.A. Sharri hosted a subject talk to the Association. The Extra-Mural Department, Chinese University of Hong Kong offered the first course in librarianship. “Librarianship: Intermediate Part I” was offered by the Department of Extra-Mural Studies, University of Hong Kong to prepare students for the Part I professional examination of the Library Association, London. Mr. Eugene Wu hosted a subject talk to the Association. Dr. Chiu Kai-ming hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1968

Mr. H.A Rydings was elected Chairman of the Association. March, “Newsletter of Hong Kong Library Association” was published. September, Dr. K.T. Wu hosted a subject talk to the Association. November, A “Symposium on Library Provision for Science and Technology in Hong Kong” was organized to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Association.

1969

Mr. T.A. Chow was elected Chairman of the Association. August, Prof. W.L. Saunders hosted a subject talk to the Association. December, the first issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1970

Dr. Kan Lai-bing was elected Chairman of the Association. January, Mr. C.W. Toogood hosted a subject talk to the Association February, Mr. Raymond N.W. Tang hosted a subject talk to the Association. April, Dr. G. Chandler hosted a subject talk to the Association. April, the Association organized a seminar on “Some International Aspects of Librarianship” in the University of Hong Kong Library. Mr. P.K. Yu hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1971

Mr. John Lam Cho-hon was elected Chairman of the Association. April, Mr. John Lust hosted a subject talk to the Association. The Association’s sub-committee on cataloguing submitted the “Report on Cataloguing of Chinese Names” to the 37th General Council of IFLA in Liverpool. An Advisory Committee to Small Libraries was formed. Dr. Robert Stevens hosted a subject talk to the Association. December, the second issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1972

Mr. H.A Rydings was elected Chairman of the Association.

1973

Mr. T.A. Chow was elected Chairman of the Association. September, the “Certificate Course for Library Assistants” was jointly presented by the Association, the Department of Extra-Mural Studies of University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong. Chinese course was given by the CUHK.

1974

Mr. Malcolm Quinn was elected Chairman of the Association. January, the Association hosted a tea party and dinner for the LARC delegates Mr. M. Quinn, chairman of the Association, Mr. H.A. Rydings and Dr. Kan Lai-bing formed a working group to explore on the feasibility of giving professional librarianship courses in Hong Kong. May, Mr. K.C. Harrison hosted a subject talk to the Association. June, the first joint examination in English and Chinese for the “Certificate for the Library Assistants” was held. August, Dr. Kan Lai-bing and Miss S.C. Au-yeung presented a country paper for Hong Kong at the First ...

1975

Mr. B.L. Burton was elected Chairman of the Association. “Library Services in Hong Kong, a New Directory” compiled by Dr. Kan Lai-bing was published under the auspices of the Association and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. June, Mr. Philip Rappaport hosted a subject talk to the Association. July, the third issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published. October, Mr. Janos Reeves hosted a subject talk to the Association. Dr. Eugene Garfield hosted a subject talk to the Association. Mr. H.O. Roth hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1976

Dr. Kan Lai-bing was elected Chairman of the Association. February, Mr. M.E. Robinson hosted a subject talk to the Association. June, 6 British librarians jointly hosted a subject talk to the Association. Dr. G.E. Morrison hosted a subject talk to the Association. Dr. Ross Hempstead hosted a subject talk to the Association. Mr. R.H. Hassell hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1977

Miss S.C. Au-yeung was elected Chairman of the Association. February, Mr. Charles Bleasdale hosted a subject talk to the Association. March, Mr. D. Hausrath hosted a subject talk to the Association. Mr. Joseph En-pao Wang hosted a subject talk to the Association. November, the 4th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1978

Mr. R.W. Frenier was elected Chairman of the Association.

1979

Mr. R.W. Frenier was elected Chairman of the Association. June, Mr. Joseph Wang hosted a subject talk to the Association. September, the Association organized a dinner with the official delegation of American Librarians to China October, Mr. Brian Henderson hosted a subject talk to the Association.

1980

Mrs. Susanna Ko was elected Chairman of the Association. March, Prof. Helmut Arntz hosted a subject talk to the Association. June, Mr. W.H. Snape hosted a subject talk to the Association. August, 8 local librarians including the Chairman of the Association Mrs. Susanna Ko attended the IFLA conference held in Manila September, Dr. Nancy Lane hosted a subject talk to the Association. November, the 5th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1981

Mr. T.A. Chow was elected Chairman of the Association. January, the 3-year part-time Diploma Course in Librarianship jointly presented by the Association and the Department of Extra-Mural Studies, University of Hong Kong commenced with an enrolment of 24 students. March, a seminar on “Online Information Retrieval Services in the Hong Kong Context” organized by the Association was held at the American Library April, an informal seminar on Chinese Library Automation organized by the Association was held at the American Library June, members visited Wang Pacific Ltd. November, Mr. Anthony Thompson hosted a subject talk to the Association. November, Mr. Frederick ...

1982

Dr. Kan Lai-bing was elected Chairman of the Association. January, Mr. Godfrey Thompson hosted a subject talk to the Association. May, a workshop on book binding organized by the Association was held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic Library. July, Dr. Kuang-liang Hsu hosted a subject talk to the Association. Mr. Takaaki Nakabayashi hosted a subject talk to the Association. The “H.A. Rydings Award” was set up. November, the 6th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.  

1983

Mr. Malcolm Quinn was elected Chairman of the Association. The Association published the “Directory of Special Libraries in Hong Kong” The first batch of students in “Diploma Course in Librarianship” graduated. November, the 7th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1984

Mr. Malcolm Quinn was elected Chairman of the Association. November, the 8th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1985

Ms. Ann Lee was elected Chairman of the Association July, Mr. Chris Kwong served as the Acting Chairman of the Association. November, the 9th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1986

Mr. Philip Rappaport was elected Chairman of the Association. November, the 10th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1987

Dr. David Yen was elected Chairman of the Association. The Chairman of the Association was re-titled as the “President”. November, the 11th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1988

Dr. David Yen was elected President of the Association. The Association started to discuss with Riverina Institute (the predecessor of the Charles Sturt University) of Australia on jointly organizing a professional librarianship course in Hong Kong. November, the 12th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1989

Ms. Elaine Morgan was elected President of the Association. November, the 13th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1990

Mr. Colin Storey was elected President of the Association. March, the 3-year “Diploma in Librarianship” and “Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science” course jointly presented by the Association, the Department of Extra-Mural Studies, University of Hong Kong and the Charles Sturt University of Australia commenced. November, HKLA jointly organize a conference on “Managing Now: Fact or Fiction?” with Urban Council Public Libraries The 14th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1991

Mr. Colin Storey was elected President of the Association. The 15th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1992

Dr. Painan Wu was elected President of the Association. Dr. Painan Wu passed away. Mr. Chris Kwong stepped up the presidency of the Association. The “Heleni Linton Bursary” was set up.

1993

Mr. Chris Kwong was elected President of the Association. The 16th/17th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1994

Ms. Mary Leong was elected President of the Association.

1995

Ms. Mary Leong was elected President of the Association. July, the Association jointly organize a conference on “Knowledge Management Towards Organisational Excellence” with the IEE Hong Kong The “Hong Kong Library Association Yearbook 1995” was published.

1996

Dr. Grace Cheng was elected President of the Association. The Association published the “Guide to Hong Kong Medical, Health and Welfare Libraries and Information Resources” August, the Association organized a conference on “The Hong Kong Library and Information Network: A Virtual Gateway to China” The 18th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

1997

Ms. Alima Tuet was elected President of the Association. The “Hong Kong Library Association Yearbook 1997” was published.

1998

Ms. Alima Tuet was elected President of the Association. November, the Association hosted a dinner for the delegates from libraries of Mainland China

1999

Ms. Lucinda Wong was elected President of the Association. The 19th issue of “Hong Kong Library Association Journal” was published.

2000

Ms. Lucinda Wong was elected President of the Association. May, the Association visited the Library in Fudan University, Shanghai

2001

Mr. Tommy Yeung was elected President of the Association.

2002

Mr. Tommy Yeung was elected President of the Association. January, the Association visited the Macau Library May, the Association visited the National Library of Singapore May, Ms. A. Holland hosted a subject talk to the Association. August, the Association hosted the “Hong Kong Library Education an Career Forum” The “Hong Kong Library Association Yearbook 2002” was published. December, the Association conferred the first “Honorable Fellow” title to Dr. Kan Lai-bing.

2003

Dr. Anthony Ferguson was elected President of the Association. August, Prof. Arsenault hosted a subject talk to the Association. August, the Association hosted the “Hong Kong Library Education an Career Forum”

2004

Dr. Anthony Ferguson was elected President of the Association. April, Mr. Huff hosted a subject talk to the Association. April, Ms. Pancy Fung hosted a subject talk to the Association. May, Mr. G. Soete hosted a subject talk to the Association. July, the Association visited Zhong-shan Library, Guangzhou August, the Association hosted the “Hong Kong Library Education an Career Forum” October, Dr. Grace Cheng, etc. hosted a subject talk to the Association. November, Mr. John Dean hosted a subject talk to the Association. November, members of the Association attended the “9th Conference” organized by the Zhejiang Library Association held at ...

2005

Ms. Julia Chan was elected President of the Association. The “Dr. Kan Lai-bing Scholarship” was set up. May, the Association visited the Library of Beijing University. July, a “Symposium on “Knowledge Management: Towards Organisational Excellence” was organized by the Association. August, the Association hosted the “Hong Kong Library Education an Career Forum”

2006

Ms. Julia Chan was elected President of the Association. March, Ms. W. Ritter and Prof. Eric Tsui hosted a subject talk to the Association. May, P. To and Ms. A. Leung hosted a subject talk to the Association. August, the Association hosted the “Hong Kong Library Education an Career Forum” August, members of the Association attend the IFLA Annual Conference Pre-meeting held at Seoul, Korea. October, the Association visited Shenzhen Library. December, Dr. H. Vogt hosted a subject talk to the Association.

2007

Mr. Michael Robinson was elected President of the Association. April, Prof. B. Kauffman hosted a subject talk to the Association. April, the Association jointly organized the READ Poster Campaign with Hong Kong Education City in support to the World Book Day June, a “Seminar on philanthropic library development in rural China” was organized by the Association. August, the Association hosted the “Hong Kong Library Education an Career Forum” October, the Vice-President of the Association Mr. Jim Chang attend the library conference at Changshu, Jiangsu and presented a paper. November, members of the Association attended the “Joint Conference on Innovation, Development ...

2008

Mr. Michael Robinson was elected President of the Association. January, Ms. C. Liu hosted a subject talk to the Association. May, the delegates of the Association visited Nanjing and Suzhou and signed a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Jiangsu Library Association. August, the Association hosted the “Hong Kong Library Education an Career Forum” November, a conference on “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Asian Libraries in the World of Information” organized by the Association celebrating the 50th Anniversary was held at Hong Kong Central Library. The “HKLA Swets Scholarship” was set up. The “Hong Kong Library Association Yearbook 2008” was published. December, ...

2009

Mr. Jim Chang was elected President of the Association. March, the Association hosted a dinner with the delegates from “Macau Library and Information Management Association” April, the paper “50 years’ silent cultivation: A brief history of Hong Kong Library Association” by the President Mr. Jim Chang was published in the “Public Library Journal”, No. 1, 2009 of Shenzhen Library. April, Mr. Derek Whitehead hosted a subject talk to the Association. April, the President Mr. Jim Chang was invited to be the prize presentation guest in a reading programme 2009 organized by the Hong Kong Education City (HKedCity). August, the Association ...

2010

Mr. Jim Chang was elected President. April, local visits to the library of Hong Kong Shue Yan University and Po Leung Kuk Museum. May, overseas study visit to Xian, exchanges with sectors of provincial library, public library and university library. August, the Association held the HKLA Education and Career Forum. August, representatives of the Association attended a public consultation forum to present views of the Association on the Government’s refined proposals to strengthen copyright protection, after collecting views of the Association. September, local visits to Hong Kong Monetary Information Centre and Library of Hong Kong Police Force. October, hosted a ...

2011

Mr. Peter Sidorko was elected President. Kicked off the digitisation project of the HKLA Journal. February, co-held the IFLA Regional standing Committee, Asia and Oceania (RSACO) & HKLA Joint seminar. March, held the seminar “Evolving Physical Environments in Libraries” in association with HKU SPACE. April, local visit to Tung Wah Museum. May, held the seminar “Library Signage Seminar” in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong Libraries. June, organised the seminar “Transforming archives in the Digital Age” jointly with Hong Kong Baptist University Library & Modern History Research Centre. October, local visits to Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), ...

2012

Mr. Peter Sidorko was elected President. March, local visits to Conservation Laboratory of Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Sha Tin Public Library. March, held the seminar “Content is king – Context is Queen: Innovative Library Services in the Digital Age”. April, held the seminar “Future of Libraries and Librarians”. May, the seminar “Academic Libraries in the Era of Globalization” was held. June, a seminar on “Read, learn, live – ‘Connecting People’ The Public Library as a living space” took place. June, overseas visit to Malaysia and exchanges with the University of Malaya Library, National Library of Malaysia, Islamic Arts Museum ...

2013

Mr. Li Haipeng was elected President. March, local visits to the University Library System of Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK ULS), to the Architecture Library, New Asia College Ch’ien Mu Library and Main Library, in addition to the Art Museum of CUHK. May, local visit to the Resources Center of Hong Kong Museum of History and guided tour of the special exhibition “The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia”. June, organized the talk on “Libraries serving culturally diverse communities: Multicultural library services of the Public Library of Frankfurt”. July, held the Hong Kong Library Education and Career Forum. September, held a ...

2014

Mr. Li Haipeng was elected President. Digitisation project of some 40,000 photos of the HKLA archives. April, local visit to Hong Kong Film Archive. April, built a new sub-website for photo archives was built (http://photos.hkla.org/) to serve as a new platform for archiving the photos of HKLA events. July, held the Hong Kong Library Education and Career Forum. October, another local visit to SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and its library November, launch for the second cohort of the Mentorship Programme. November, one-day study trip to Macau – the Macau Museum, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, and the ...

2015

Mr. Bryant McEntire was elected President. February, local visit to Fung Learning Resources Centre at King George V School. June, local visit to the Library and Learning Lounge at Harrow International School Hong Kong and Lingnan University Library. July, held the Hong Kong Library Education and Career Forum. November, third local visit to Legislative Council Library and Legislative Council Archives.

2016

Ms. Mary Cheng was elected President. Local visits and one oversea study trip to Singapore were held. Members visited Police Force Research Library, Trade Development Council Research Publications & Library, and libraries in Academy for Performing Arts, Chinese University, The Education University and University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong Library Education and Career Forum 2016 was held in July.

2017

Ms. Louise Jones was elected President.

Chairs

1958 Ms. Dorothea Hayward Scott 施高德夫人
1959 Ms. Ng Tung-king 伍冬琼女士
1960 Ms. Dorothea Hayward Scott 施高德夫人
1961 Ms. Kan Lai-bing 簡麗冰女士
1962 Ms. Kan Lai-bing 簡麗冰女士
1963 Mr. H.A. Rydings 賴定仕先生
1964 Mr. H.A. Rydings 賴定仕先生
1965 Mr. H.A. Rydings 賴定仕先生
1966 Mr. H.A. Rydings 賴定仕先生
1967 Mr. J.S. Bristow
1968 Mr. H.A. Rydings 賴定仕先生
1969 Mr. T.A. Chow 周建華先生
1970 Dr. Kan Lai-bing 簡麗冰博士
1971 Mr. John Lam Cho-hon 林佐瀚先生
1972 Mr. H.A. Rydings 賴定仕先生
1973 Mr. T.A. Chow 周建華先生
1974 Mr. M. Quinn 奎恩先生
1975 Mr. B.L. Burton 貝禮敦先生
1976 Dr. Kan Lai-bing 簡麗冰博士
1977 Ms. S.C. Au Yeung 歐陽淑珍女士
1978 Mr. R.W. Frenier
1979 Mr. R.W. Frenier
1980 Ms. Susanna Ko 黃韻璇女士
1981 Mr. T.A. Chow 周建華先生
1982 Dr. Kan Lai-bing 簡麗冰博士
1983 Mr. M. Quinn 奎恩先生
1984 Mr. M. Quinn 奎恩先生
1985 Ms. Ann Lee (Jan-June)
  Mr. Chris Kwong – Acting (July-Dec) 鄺志雄先生(署理)
1986 Mr. Philip Rappaport 林柏邦先生
1987 Dr. David S. Yen 顏達威博士

Presidents

1988 Dr. David S. Yen 顏達威博士
1989 Ms. Elaine Morgan
1990 Mr. Colin Storey 施達理先生
1991 Mr. Colin Storey 施達理先生
1992 Dr. Painan Wu 吳培南博士
  Mr. Chris Kwong 鄺志雄先生
1993 Mr. Chris Kwong 鄺志雄先生
1994 Mrs. Mary Leong 梁瑪麗女士
1995 Mrs. Mary Leong 梁瑪麗女士
1996 Mrs. Grace Cheng 鄭黃燕婷博士
1997 Ms. Alima Tuet 脫新範女士
1998 Ms. Alima Tuet 脫新範女士
1999 Ms. Lucinda Wong 黃潔萍女士
2000 Ms. Lucinda Wong 黃潔萍女士
2001 Mr. Tommy Yeung 楊繼賢先生
2002 Mr. Tommy Yeung 楊繼賢先生
2003 Dr. Anthony Ferguson 彭仁賢博士
2004 Dr. Anthony Ferguson 彭仁賢博士
2005 Ms. Julia Chan 陳麗業女士
2006 Ms. Julia Chan 陳麗業女士
2007 Mr. Michael Robinson 羅明新先生
2008 Mr. Michael Robinson 羅明新先生
2009 Mr. Jim H.Y. Chang 鄭學仁先生
2010 Mr. Jim H.Y. Chang 鄭學仁先生
2011 Mr. Peter Sidorko 蘇德毅先生
2012 Mr. Peter Sidorko 蘇德毅先生
2013 Mr. Li Haipeng 李海鵬先生
2014 Mr. Li Haipeng 李海鵬先生
2015 Mr. Bryant McEntire
2016 Ms. Mary Cheng
2017 Ms. Louise Jones 李露絲女士