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Heleni Linton Bursary

*2020 application is now open – submit on or before October 5, 2020*

The Heleni Linton Bursary is a one-time award of HKD5,000 and is specifically for full and part-time librarianship and information management students in Hong Kong. The Bursary assists students in the continuation of their studies. It may be used for a variety of purposes such as: supporting research costs, undertaking projects or surveys, conference attendance or presentations, short sabbaticals, or contribution to course fees.

The beneficiary of the Heleni Linton Bursary will receive the award at the Annual General Meeting to be held in December of the year. The successful applicant will be required to report to the HKLA on the expenditure of the funds, and to submit a report on activities in the subsequent year to be  published in the HKLA Newsletter and website.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you are a resident of Hong Kong or Mainland China, are currently a member of the Hong Kong Library Association, and are pursuing a course of formal study to achieve professional qualifications in librarianship or a related discipline in information science or information management in Hong Kong.

Assessment

Applicants should submit proposals which indicate how they intend to use the Bursary, and how this will benefit them in their studies. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of HKLA Council members and a representative from Ernst and Young, and will take into account:

  • The likely impact of the Bursary on the studies and career of the applicant.
  • The relevance and potential contribution of the proposed activity to the development of library and information science in the region.
  • The originality of idea and the quality of the proposal.

Applications

Applications for the Bursary can be made by completing the 2020 Application Form. Please email completed applications to us at [email protected] by October 5, 2020.

Additional materials in support of an application can accompany the application form. Each applicant can only apply for one HKLA scholarship or award within the same year.

Background of the Bursary

Heleni Linton was an outstanding librarian who worked in Hong Kong for Ernst and Young, an international accountancy firm. She was tragically killed in a plane crash in May 1991. The Heleni Linton Memorial Account was established later that same year from funds donated by Ernst and Young, colleagues and friends. Since then, interest accrued to the account has been used by the HKLA to award an annual bursary bearing her name.

Enquiry

For further information relating to the Heleni Linton Bursary, please contact us at [email protected]

Hong Kong Library Association Biennial Award 2020

*2020 application is now open – submit on or before October 5, 2020*

  1. Name of the Award
    1. The Award is named “Hong Kong Library Association Biennial Award 香港圖書館協會雙年獎”.
  2. Objectives of the Award
    1. The Hong Kong Library Association is committed to provide comprehensive professional support to its members. This Award is hence set up to address the professional development needs of eligible Full Members of the Association who are practicing at paraprofessional to middle professional levels in the library and information fields.
    2. Through this Award, the Association will support the professional development of the awardees, such as conference or workshop attendances, overseas professional visits, preparation of a scholarly publication or any professional activities, etc., which are otherwise unlikely to be sponsored by their employers, nor by the other scholarships or awards currently offered by the Association.
  3. Eligibility
    1. HKLA members meeting the following requirements are eligible to apply for this Award:
      1. Current Full Member of the Association; and
      2. With at least three years of post-qualification experience in related fields; and
      3. Currently working in any libraries at professional ranks up to the second post-probationary professional level; or
      4. Currently working in any libraries at any levels of paraprofessional rank.
    2. Examples of eligible professional and paraprofessional ranks can be found in the following table. Since the definitions of paraprofessional ranks and post-probationary professional ranks vary among individual libraries, the ranks listed in the table serve only as examples and are by no means exhaustive.
      Type of Library Eligible Paraprofessional Ranks Eligible Professional Ranks
      School Libraries – Library Assistant of all levels – Teacher-Librarian
      Academic/University Libraries – Library Assistant of all levels
      – Library Officer
      – Probationary Assistant Librarian
      – Assistant Librarian II
      – Assistant Librarian I
      – Senior Assistant Librarian
      Public Libraries – Library Assistant of all levels
      – Library Officer
      – Assistant Librarian
      – Librarian
      Special Libraries – Library Assistant of all levels
      – Clerk
      – Librarian
      – Information Officer
      – Information Specialist
      – Library Officer
      – Library Manager
      – Information Manager
    3. The Council shall have the total discretion to interpret the requirements as stipulated in 3.1 and to determine the eligibility of different ranks in any individual library or related organization.
  4. Amount of Award and Frequency
    1. The amount of the Award will normally be HK$10,000. The Council shall have the total discretion to determine the amount of the Award. The determined amount will be announced for general information when applications are being invited.
    2. The Award will be offered once every two years.
  5. Selection Panel
    1. The Selection Panel shall be made up of at least three Council Members. The size of the Selection Panel shall not exceed four persons.
    2. The Panel shall be chaired by the Vice President, or a Council Member appointed by the President. Membership shall include the Education and Training Officer and another Council Member.
    3. The Panel may co-opt one Full Member if it deems necessary for a fair selection.
  6. Selection Criteria
    1. Applicants will be required to specify the details of their professional development programme in their applications.
    2. Selection should be made based on the following criteria:
      1. The demonstrated quality and relevancy of the proposed programme to the library and information profession;
      2. How the proposed programme could benefit the applicant’s career and professional knowledge;
      3. How the proposed programme could benefit the applicant’s institution;
      4. How the proposed programme could contribute to the library and information profession in the region.
    3. No selection will be made for that year if the Selection Panel considers that appropriate candidates are not available.
    4. A Full Member cannot be selected for this Award more than once.
    5. Full Members already selected for other awards or scholarships administered by the Association cannot be selected for this Award within the same year.
    6. The decisions made by the Council based on the assessment and recommendations of the Selection Panel shall be final. No appeals will be accepted.
  7. Applications
    Applications for the Award can be made by completing the application form which is available online at HKLA Biennial Award Application Form. Please send completed applications by email to us at [email protected]. Additional materials in support of an application can accompany the application form. Each applicant can only apply for one HKLA scholarship or award within the same year.The beneficiary of Hong Kong Library Association Biennial Award for 2020 will receive the Award at the Annual General Meeting in 2020. The successful applicant will be required to report to the HKLA on the expenditure of the funds, and to submit a report on the research undertaken before the next Annual General Meeting in 2021, to be subsequently published in the HKLA Newsletter and website.
  8. Enquiry: please contact us at [email protected].

H.A. Rydings Award

The H.A. Rydings awards were established in honor of Mr. H.A. Rydings, Librarian of the University of Hong Kong, 1961-1963, and the president of the HKLA, 1963-1966, 1968 and 1972. Mr. Rydings was one of the Hong Kong’s most distinguished Librarians and an expert in Hong Kong Bibliography.

On his retirement, Mr. Rydings donated a sum of money to the Association for prized to be awarded annually to students of the Joint Certificates and Diploma Courses who obtain the best result in their final examinations.

The student from the Certificate for Library Assistants (English) (Chinese) class who gets the overall highest mark in the examination paper 1-4, will be awarded by H.A. Rydings Award accordingly.

Dr Kan Lai Bing Award

The graduate of the Graduate Diploma of Information Studies (to be awarded Diploma in Librarianship within the HKU system through HKU SPACE jointly with the Hong Kong Library Association) who gets the overall highest GPA, will be awarded by Kan Lai Bing Award.