The Musings of a Young and Curious Mind: Lingnan University Library’s Experience in Developing Arts and Cultural Programmes for the University Community

By Patrick Lo.

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This paper reports on Lingnan University Library’s efforts in bringing arts and cultural programmes to the university community -- converting the Library into a lively and diverse resource base, with ever-changing culturally and educationally enriching programmes of contemporary visual arts, literature, cultural, social and political discussions, and thereby supporting Lingnan University’s mission of providing the best liberal arts education to students in Hong Kong. The launching and implementation of these cultural programmes do not only enhance the public relationship value and the circulation of the library materials, but also lead to closer collaboration among the different faculties, local student groups, as well as other external arts and cultural organizations – bringing them together at the Library to arrange art exhibitions, theme-promotional book displays, informal lectures, and creative workshops, etc., which are of high cultural and educational values. All these endeavours create an inspiring environment for the students to exchanges their intellectual, creative and artistic ideas freely for stimulating and satisfying their intellectual growth, as well as to promote an awareness of the local and foreign arts, and cultures among the student community. Arts and cultures could therefore be outreached to all sectors on campus, and to cross over with students of other or interactive disciplines, and yet be relevant to their education. This paper is meant for anyone interested in developing and presenting library programmes with cultural focus for the student audience outside the formal learning setting. It is hoped that this report could help other libraries (both public and academic), by offering them a framework that could enable them to design effective strategies for building their own library cultural programmes.

Keywords: Lingnan University Library, Hong Kong, Libraries-Cultural Programmes, Cultural Programming, Library, Cultural Centre, Library Cultural Programmes

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp.101-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.457MB).

Dr. Patrick Lo

Cataloguing Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian), Cataloguing Section, Lingnan University Library, Hong Kong

From 2003-06, Mr. Patrick Lo was serving as the Coordinator for the Library as Cultural Centre Programme Series at Lingnan University Library (Hong Kong). Details: http://www.library.ln.edu.hk/projects/culctr/culctr_act.html Mr. Lo is currently a candidate of Doctor of Education (EdD), at Bristol University (UK). He has a Master of Arts in Design Management (MA) from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2004), a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from McGill University (Canada; 1994), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Mount Allison University, (Canada; 1992). Mr Lo is efficient in: Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese (Putunghua), English and German. 1996-2007, Mr Lo was seving as Cataloguing Librarian at Lingnan University Library (Hong Kong). 2003-06, Mr. Lo was also serving as the Coordinator of the Library as Cultural Centre activities at Lingnan University Library. Mr. Lo's professional affiliations include the following: (1) 1999-2006 - Secretary of JULAC-HKCAN (Hong Kong Chinese Name Authority) Workgroup. (2) 1993-2006 - Representative of Lingnan University Library (Hong Kong) for the Hong Kong JULAC-BSC (Bibliographic Services Committee). (3) 2004 - present - Member of CALIS (China Academic Library and Information System) Unicat Expert Group. Mr. Lo has presented close to 40 research papers and project reports focusing on humanities, education, and library science at different local and international workgroup meetings, seminars, conferences, including: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, United States, Korea, and Sweden; including presenting at: (1) The Library of Congress (U.S.), (2) Austrian National Library (Vienna), (3) University of Vienna, (4) National Library of France (Paris), (5) National Institute of Informatics (Japan), etc. Mr. Lo’s recent professional activity includes presenting “Using Outsource Data of Digital Resources in Creating Our Own Bibliographic Records: Lingnan University Library’s Experience in Converting Naxos Music Library and Spoken Word Library Online Titles to MARC Records” at the 72nd IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Conference in Seoul, Korea, in August 2006: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla72/papers/123-Tam_Lo-en.pdf Mr. Lo's research interests include: latest developments of Metadata, Chinese authority works, and cataloguing among Chinese libraries in Asia and North America; exploring potentials for resources sharing among Chinese libraries in Asia; future development and enhancement of bibliographic records; users’ interaction with the online catalogue; Western classical music, especially Italian operas, vocal music of German Post-Romantic period, Lieder (German art songs), etc. Award(s): Most Active Presenter Award of HKIUG (Hong Kong Innovative Users Group) Annual Meeting in December 2006. Recent Activity: serving as Reporter of Recent Serials Publications in China of Fontes Artis Musicae Journal.

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