The Library expended much effort to encourage staff development. Compared to last year, we increased the number of programs attended and enrolments by 138% and 337% respectively.
Professional workshops and conferences
– Library staff attended and presented papers at 13 local and 8 overseas conferences/workshops to keep abreast of the latest trends and new technologies in libraries. The ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program
) hosted by JULAC
and organized by us was also a great success.
Self-organized workshops – We organized 16 on-site workshops including those given by a library director and an academic faculty. There were also refresher courses to update front-line staff with procedures and service skills.
Staff Retreat – For the first time, we held a Staff Retreat for all Library staff in 2012 to develop a Strategic Plan for 2012-2015, and a Scenario Planning Workshop in 2013. These allowed our staff to collectively engage in strategic planning and communicate across units.
Staff sharing sessions – 15 staff sharing sessions were held through 2 initiatives: "Library Connect" provides a platform for Library staff to share their professional works, while the lunch-time "Fun 紛 Cafe" sessions encourage staff socialization around common interests.
HKUST training programs – Library staff attended 6 training programs organized by HRO, PTC, and ITSC on topics pertaining to their duties.
Lynda.com – We offered an Online Software Training Video program via Lynda.com, allowing staff to learn by themselves at their own convenience.
Librarians Engaged in Research – We initiated this program to encourage each librarian to engage in and share their findings on a work-related research topic of their choice.
Presentations/Publications – Librarians actively participated in many professional presentations and publishing activities. Topics ranged from intra-institutional engagement and the use of e-resources to exploring future directions for academia.