ICDE Librarians' Roundtable, 11-12 October 1999, Hong Kong, China

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Host: The Open University of Hong Kong


Theme: Electronic Library Services for Distance Learners 

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Open University of Hong Kong, a Librarians' Round Table will be held for the ICDE members in Hong Kong on 11-12 October 1999. It would be held in parallel with the ICDE SCOP Conference 1999 in Hong Kong, and before the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) annual conference in Beijing.  Non-ICDE members are also welcome.



Electronic Library Services for Distance Learners

The roundtable will focus on sharing of experience and knowledge in the field of library outreach services using communication and information technologies. 

Discussion will include:  

Current provisions of library support to open and distance learners among the ICDE members Plans and development of digital library resources in open universities and distance education institutions worldwide. Current trends in library related information technology Develop a basis for establishing an E-Library network for future resource and experience sharing

Programmes for the ICDE Librarians' Roundtable


Date: 11 - 12 October, 1999.    Venue : B0616, OUHK

11 October, 1999 (Monday)

8:15 am - 9:00 am - Registration

9:00 am - 9:05 am - Welcome & Opening

Planning Committee: Ms. Wai Man WONG, Mr. Steve SCHAFER, Ms. Elizabeth F. WATSON, and Mr. TL FONG

9:05 am - 9:50 am - Keynote Speaker

"Digital Library Strategies for Distant Learners: Being in Their Face and Out of Their Way" - Mr. Roy Tennant (University of California, United States)

9:50 am - 10:30 am - Presentation by Librarians

1. "The 'State-of-Library Services' in the Bangladesh Open University and an action plan for future development" - Mr. Muhammad Saadat Ali (Bangladesh Open University, Bangladesh)

2. "Library Services for Distance Learners at the University of the West Indies" - Ms. Elizabeth F. Watson (University of the West Indies, Barbados)

3. "New Library Services for Distance and Lifelong Learners at the University of Sunderland,  United Kingdom (pdf)" [powerpoint slide] - Prof. Andrew McDonald (University of Sunderland, England)

4. "Meeting the Information Needs of Distance Learners: The UPM Experience" - Mrs. Kamariah Abdul Hamid (University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia)

5. "National Resource Centre of the Mauritius College of the Air" - Ms. Pitt-Fong  Ah-Fat (Mauritius College of the Air, Mauritius)

10:30 am - 11:00 am - Refreshments (Venue: Lift Foyer, 6th fl., OUHK)

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Panel Discussion: Innovative Services and Products - Chaired by Ms. Wai Man Wong

1. "Cross-reference Online" - Ms. Janet Chen (EBSCO Publishing)

2. "Blackwell's Collection Manager" - Ms. Frances Lau (Blackwell's Book Services)

3. "Dialog Intranet Toolkit" - Mr. Stuart Doig (Dialog)

4. "Chadwyck-Healey Publications in the Arts Humanities and Social Sciences" - Mr. Colin Bethell (Chadwyck-Healey Ltd.)

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch 

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm - Panel Discussion: Electronic Library Projects - Chaired by Mr. Steve Schafer

1. "Intellectual Property Rights focusing on Electronic Library Services" - Ms. Lavinia Chang (Intellectual Property Department of Hong Kong)

2. "Moving Toward the Online Library (pdf)"  [powerpoint slide] - Ms. Helen Livingston (Deakin University, Australia)

3. "Library Services at Athabasca University: Change the Same (pdf)" [powerpoint slide] - Mr. Steve Schafer (Athabasca University, Canada)

4. "The Human Factors in Developing Electronic Library Services (pdf)" [powerpoint slide] - Prof. Andrew McDonald (University of Sunderland, England)

5. "Cost Effectiveness of Electronic Library Services" - Ms. Wai Man Wong (Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

6. "CHANGES AND CHALLENGES. ICT - Library - Library staff" - Dr. Christer Knuthammar (Linkoping University, Sweden)

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm - Refreshments (Venue: Lift Foyer, 6th fl., OUHK)

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Panel Discussion: User Aspects of the Electronic Library - Chaired by Ms. Elizabeth F. Watson

1. "Extending your Library Services over the Internet" - Mr. Ricky Wong (ASL)

2. "To learn, to teach and to communicate online with eCAMPUS" - Mr. Hermann Yu (IMA Communications Limited)

3. "Written Assignment for Foundation Students - Information Gathering from E-library" - Dr. Chin Wing Chan (Open University of Hong Kong)

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm OUHK Library Tour

Venue: Library entrance, OUHK Library

6:00 pm - Dinner Sign-up

12 October, 1999 (Tuesday)9:00 am - 10:30 am -   Presentation by Librarians

1. "The Library of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand" - Ms. Sandra Mann (Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, New Zealand)

2. "A Brief Presentation on the Use of the Information and Communication Technologies in Peruvian Libraries" - Mr. Eduardo Villanueva Mansilla (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Peru)

3. "Current Position and Perspectives of the Fundamental Library of St. Petersburg State Technical University" - Ms. Vera Ananieva (St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia)

4. "Greetings from the Rainbow Nation of South Africa" - Mrs. Erlanda Venter (TECHNISA, South Africa)

5. "Distance Education and Library Resources at Vista University: from Unplanned Growth to a Visionary Package (pdf)" [powerpoint slide] - Mr. Juliano M. Kabamba (Vista University, South Africa)

6. "Library Services for Distance Students at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (pdf)" [powerpoint slide] - Dr. Somsuang Prudtikul (Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand)

7. "The University of Zambia Library: Past, Present and the Future (pdf)" [powerpoint slide]- Dr. Hudwell Mwacalimba (The University of Zambia, Zambia)

10:30 am -11:00 am - Refreshments (Venue: Lift Foyer, 6th fl., OUHK)

11:00 am -12:30 pm - Panel Discussion: Collection Building and Hybrid Library - Chaired by Ms. Elizabeth F. Watson

1. "Application of XML in Digital Library Implementation" - Mr. William K. P. Chan (ICO Limited)

2. "Electronic Reserve System for the Libraries" - Mr. Chan Wai (ACI)

3. "Non-linear Editing and Production in Huge Database Titles" - Mr. Patrick Lai (Digital Heritage)

4. "Best Practices for Digital Imaging and Metadata" - Mr. Roy Tennant (University of California)

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch 

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Panel Discussion: Information & Communication Technology and Library Services - Chaired by Mr. T. L. Fong

1. "Microsoft Web Technology" - Mr. Lindsay Chung (Microsoft Hong Kong Limited)

2. "Virtual Private Network" - Mr. Stephen Wong (Intel Semiconductor Limited)

3. "Satellite Communication and Data Mining" - Mr. Philip Tsang (Open University of Hong Kong)

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm - Refreshments (Venue: Lift Foyer, 6th fl., OUHK)

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm - Panel Discussion: Resource Sharing among Librarians/Attendees for Distance Learners

Chaired by Roundtable Planning Committee: Ms. Wai Man WONG, Mr. Steve SCHAFER, Ms. Elizabeth F. WATSON, and Mr. TL FONG

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm - Closing Ceremony(Optional) 13 October, 1999 (Wednesday)Participants are welcome to join either programmes:

1. Visit to the Library of the University of Hong Kong in the morning


2. Full-day Specialized Workshop on Institutional Research in Open and Distance Learning

The workshop is organised by the Centre for Research in Distance & Adult Learning (CRIDAL), the Open University of Hong Kong. The registration fee is US$100, and participants of the ICDE Librarians' Roundtable can enjoy a 25% discount off the registration fee.



Registration Deadline: 30 July 1999 

Registration Fee: US$200.00 

Participants who would like to attend the Roundtable please send your registration fee of US$200 by 30 July 1999 in bank draft made payable to "The Open University of Hong Kong". Registration fee includes lunches and teas in the two days event.  

Submission of papers 


Participants are highly encouraged to submit a paper of 500 words (in word 6.0 or above) or more describing their existing library services and plans for their library's future development.  Papers should be submitted to the Planning Committee by email (pkam@ouhk.edu.hk) by 16 August 1999. 

The papers will be collected in a directory to be published by the Open University of Hong Kong. 

Accommodation & Transportation  


Hotel and travel information will be available later to those registered. For your information, here are some hotel room rates in Hong Kong :  

Hotel Room Rates

Hotel NameRoom Rates*TelephoneFaxHarbour Plaza Hotel  
Location: Hung Hom, 15-20 mins. by taxi (taxi fee around US$5-7)
email: hp-book@harbour-plaza.com.hkUS$2002621 31882621 3319Royal Plaza Hotel  
Location: Mongkok, 10-15 mins. by taxi
email: rpsales@royalplaza.com.hkUS$872928 88222628 3383The Metropole Hotel  
Location: around 10-15 mins. walk to the campus
email: hotel@metropole.com.hkUS$802761 17112761 0769YMCA International House  
Location: Yau Ma Tei, 10-15 mins. by taxi
email: ymcares1@netvigator.comUS$712771 91112771 5238YWCA Anne Black Guest House  
Location: around 10-15 mins. walk to the campus
email: annblack@ywca.org.hkUS$502713 92112761 1269

*Room rates for standard single room as of 4th June 1999 for reference. 

Transportation from the Airport

The new international airport at Chek Lap Kok is linked by a very efficient high speed airport express rail, which departs every eight minutes (travel time: 20 minutes to Kowloon Station), and airbuses which leave every ten minutes (travel time: 40-60 mins).   For your reference, here are some details as below:

Airport Express: http://www.mtrcorp.com/whatsnew/ael/ael_intro.html

Airbus: http://www.citybus.com.hk/english/airport.htm

Contact and Planning Committee Members  


Contact: Ms. Peonnie Kam at email pkam@ouhk.edu.hk for details. 

Planning Committee members: 

 Ms. Wai Man WONG, Librarian, OUHK  
 Mr. Steve SCHAFER, Director Library Services, Athabasca University, Canada
 Ms. Elizabeth F. WATSON, Librarian, Learning Resource Center, University of the West Indies/Barbados  
 Mr. TL FONG, Assistant Professor on Applied Computing, Science & Technology School, OUHK