Library System Development in HK: The Past, Present & Future (October 21, 2022)


Library System Development in HK: The Past, Present & Future (October 21, 2022)


By Mr. LAM Ki Tat, Former Associate Director of Library Services & Head of Systems and Digital Services, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library.
By Mr. LI Yiu On, Former Head, Systems Section, Hong Kong Baptist University Library.

Date: October 21, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Organisers: Hong Kong Design Institute
Speaker: Mr. LAM Ki Tat
                Mr. LI Yiu On
Language: Cantonese
Onsite Visit  (Quota: 40)
Studio Infinity (C714d), Learning Resources Centre, 7th Floor, Tower D, Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong

Online via Zoom (Quota: 30)
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There is an old saying that technology changed the world. Over the past five decades, the library automated system has made a revolutionary impact on library operations around the world. The first library automated system in Hong Kong was dated back to the 1980s using dBase system. In the 1990s, Innopac system became a key player among academic libraries in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Innovative User Group (HKIUG) was founded in 1996 for local Innopac users sharing knowledge and information, as well as pushing forward on common standards and practices among Hong Kong academic libraries. The major challenge to Hong Kong libraries during the 1990s and 2000s was the Chinese language capability. HKIUG Unicode Task Force established TSVCC mapping table in 2006, and it is still being widely used in other library systems, such as ExLibris Alma system. On the other hand, Hong Kong school libraries were also implementing their first library automated system, called SLS, in 1991 with the encouragement of the Education Department. SLS was still used in schools and special libraries.

Mr. LAM Ki Tat is an experienced systems librarian and IT professional. He was the Associate Director of Library Services at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Library and was in charge of its systems and digital services before leaving the University in 2022. He was regarded as the architect of numerous library systems and IT services created throughout his 30+ years of services at HKUST. Mr. Lam is also the founder of the SLS library management system, which he created in 1991 for schools and small libraries in Hong Kong.

Mr. LI Yiu On is the former Head of Systems Section, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Library from 1999 to 2021. He is one of the first generations of Hong Kong local trained system librarians and integrated library system (ILS) administrators. He developed a series of computer programs to enhance the functionalities of ILS, as well as specialized image databases to inherit, renovate, and promote the global dissemination of traditional Chinese Medicine knowledge. 5 international and local awards were granted by various library organizations in U.S.A. and Hong Kong to acknowledge his innovation and contributions to these IT and digital projects.

Directory to Venue
By MTR: Get off at the Tiu Keng Ling Station (Tseung Kwan O Line).  Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is just 2-minute walk away from Exit A2.

Onsite Seminar with Library Tour
A Library Tour will be arranged before the start of the Seminar. No prior registration is needed. Please gather at 5:45 p.m. at the entrance of the Learning Resources Center (LRC).

For onsite registrants, please provide the following information for campus entry:
– Visitor Name
– Visitor’s HKID/Passport first 4 Letter and digits
– Institute Name

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Online Seminar (By Zoom)
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