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Hong Kong Library Association Biennial Award 2018

This award was established by the Hong Kong Library Association in 2010. The 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. 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. Details of the Award can be found from the HKLA website at,english/

Application form of the Award is available at

Deadline for application will be announced in 2018. For enquiries, please contact the Ms Helen Chan, Education and Training Officer, The Hong Kong Library Association, by phone: 2346-1033; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Additional materials in support of an application can accompany the application form. Please note that each applicant can only apply for one HKLA scholarship or award within the same year.

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HKLA Objectives

The objectives of the Association shall be:

  1. To encourage the development of policies promoting the provision of information and library services in Hong Kong. This shall include the provision of guidelines and standards for such services.
  2. To provide for librarianship and information work, a focal point as well as a network of formal and informal communication within Hong Kong and with China and other countries.
  3. To unite and promote the interests of all persons engaged in library and information work in Hong Kong, and to ensure the effective representation of the interests of members.
  4. To encourage professional education and training for librarianship and information work in Hong Kong. 
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.

Constitution of Hong Kong Library Association

Hong Kong Library Association Code of Ethics
The purpose of this Code is to set out guidelines for ethical conduct expected of library and information personnel in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Library Association believes in freedom of enquiry, thought and expression and in the free, uncensored flow of information. It is a fundamental principle that the primary duty of library and information personnel is to facilitate access to information to meet the requirements of their users.
Affiliation - IFLA

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Position of the Hong Kong Library Association on Public Lending Right

In light of the recent interest in Hong Kong society on the issue of Public Lending Right (PLR), the Hong Kong Library Association (HKLA) has prepared the following position statement on the PLR issue:


  1. The HKLA Code of Ethics states that it "is a fundamental principle that the primary duty of library and information personnel is to facilitate access to information to meet the requirements of their users."
  2. The Code further states that library and information personnel shall "protect and promote the rights of every user to have unhindered and equal access to information".
  3. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) states in its 2005 Position on Public Lending Right that "Public lending is essential to culture and education and should be freely available to all. It is in the public interest that lending not be restricted by legislation or by contractual provisions such as licensing." As a Member of IFLA, the HKLA is in general agreement with this position.
  4. The 1994 IFLA/UNESCO Public Library Manifesto states that "The public library shall in principle be free of charge".
  5. In the Hong Kong Bill of Rights, it is stipulated that every permanent resident shall have the right "to have access, on general terms of equality, to public service in Hong Kong."
  6. In accordance with the preceding principles of the library and information profession and with the more general principles of equality, the HKLA is concerned that the establishment of PLR may threaten free access to the services of public libraries, which the Association considers to be a fundamental right of all citizens.
  7. The HKLA notes that PLR is far from universally established in the international context, with no PLR systems in the United States, South America, Asia, or Africa. The HKLA encourages Hong Kong society to fully debate the issues and reflect upon the benefits and drawbacks of PLR.
  8. In the event that a PLR system is introduced in Hong Kong, it is vital that the financial and administrative support for PLR does not come from library budgets, but from the Government as a form of cultural support. In line with the IFLA position, the HKLA advocates that the introduction of PLR should not result in any cost for access or deterioration of service for users of publicly accessible libraries.
July 2014


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