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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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Hong Kong Library Association Code of Ethics Print E-mail
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.

In order to observe this general principle, library and information personnel should:

Responsibilities for the Collection

  1. aim to acquire and preserve an appropriate and useful collection to meet the needs of users
  2. organise and provide access to sources of information in order to make them available, regardless of distance

Responsibilities to Society

  1. uphold freedom of enquiry and uncensored flow of information
  2. uphold the principles of intellectual freedom
  3. recognize and respect intellectual property rights

Responsibilities to the Users

  1. protect and promote the rights of every user to have unhindered and equal access to information
  2. aim to provide users with accurate, unbiased services at the highest level regardless of personal beliefs
  3. respect and protect the privacy and confidentiality of users
  4. provide efficient services particularly with respect to intellectual freedom
  5. enable and promote any user education necessary to facilitate the use of information
  6. provide any necessary instruction in the use of library facilities
  7. recognise any changes to the information needs of users and take proactive action to satisfy their needs

Responsibilities to the profession

 Professional excellence

  1. strive for professional excellence
  2. continually update and enhance knowledge and expertise
  3. promote respect and networking among library and information professionals
  4. enhance public understanding of the profession

Professional integrity

  1. maintain high standards of professional integrity
  2. not engage in conduct which could prejudice the standing of the profession
  3. not advance their own personal interests at the expense of their employers, colleagues or user communities

Adopted by the Hong Kong Library Association Council
January 7, 2005

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