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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/

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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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Dr. Klaus Ulrich Werner

University Degree in Library and Information Science, Ph.D. in German literature (Dr.phil.). Editor in a publishing house (1989-1991). Klaus Ulrich Werner served as Academic librarian at several University libraries of Freie Universitat Berlin (1991-2000) as well as project manager for the "Philologische Bibliothek" called "The Berlin Brain" designed by Lord Norman Foster (opened in 2005), head librarian since then. He is member of the commission for library and archive building guidelines of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). He has published various books and articles on library building and equipment and on library management and serves as consultant in various library topics, in particular library building, reorganization and change management.


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Designing Good Library Space to Promote Information Literacy 


Changing user habits necessitate new environments for information-literacy learning. A redesign of spaces for information literacy also seems to be called for in the context of global change in the culture of learning. Many colleagues are busy dealing with the development of user-friendly design for e-learning tools, but to support information literacy we also need new equipments for the library as space. The novel aspect of creating high-quality, rewarding information-literacy communication in libraries is this: integrating training and instruction in the overall design. The challenge is to establish environments for the teaching library that are more than just user-friendly, but rather inspiring and encouraging spaces that promote information and media literacy, enhance our courses and add to the success of our training:

-modern, welcoming atmosphere and design of rooms for classes and workshops instead of old-fashioned classrooms
-refurbishing with modular desks and flexible chairs
-new tools like notebook and tablet instead of towers
-new spaces for consulting instead of information desks
-mobile devices instead of inflexible equipment

For training and instruction we need a motivating and stimulating setting suitable for all of our users: for children in school libraries, for students in their universities and for our users in public libraries. Now it is time for a profound chance - to change the design of future learning environments.

Information Literacy, Teaching Library, Library Design


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