Library Service Updates (Sep 2022)

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Issue No. 69 (September 2022)

Welcome to freshmen! Hello to old friends! We are thrilled to have you with us on campus and in our two campus libraries!

At the start of this academic year, we are excited to prepare a series of activities to help you know more about our resources and services. Besides, we have made a number of enhancements to our services and facilities recently to make the Library a better learning and studying place for you. Read on and we will tell you all these and introduce you to some highlighted collections in this issue.

Whether you are beginning or continuing your learning journey with us, we wish you a fruitful year of study with tons of joy and accomplishment ahead!

A fresh start with the Library

Welcome everyone! The Library is happy to kick start with you a brand new U-life this September.

The Library Orientation Trilogy are ready for you to get to know the HKMU Library!

Join the trilogy activities, which is a helpful kit for you to know all about the Library services, facilities, collections as well as tips in searching Library resources. May the Library be one of your best companions in your U-life.

Part I: Discovering your Library and online library resources

We will show you different library services, resources and facilities, also demonstrations on searching Library resources via LibSearch.

Join our orientation sessions NOW!

Online sessions are also available!

Part II: Your Library discovery journey

Want to know how to use the popular facilities (photocopiers, printers, self-checkout machines, interactive whiteboards, etc.) in the HKMU Library? We will show you how to use these facilities and you may even try them out yourself!

Join our tour “Your Library discovery journey”!

A short game will be included, have fun in your library discovering journey!

Part III: Knowing your Library Quiz

Do you know the Library well? Do you know how to conduct a search in LibSearch? It’s a good chance for you to prove yourself with a quick test after joining the first two parts of the trilogy!

Answering 10 questions, participants with full score can join the lucky draw. Let’s win prizes for a good start of your new semester!

Start the quiz NOW!

Keep in touch with the Library! Follow HKMU Library IG!

Want to know what’s happening in the Library? Follow us on Instagram (@hkmulib), here you will find titbits, upcoming activities and news of the Library.

Besides, we are going to have an IG promotional activity in October. Details will be announced on the Library website. Stay tuned and join in!

New term starts with new facilities

To further improve user experience in the new academic year, the Library has enhanced its equipment and facilities.

New self-checkout station in the Stanley Ho Library

The self-checkout station in the Stanley Ho Library on Main Campus has been upgraded with a new model. With the replacement, the self-checkout stations in both campus libraries now carry the same model, providing efficient self-service for borrowing books. Come to try our new self-checkout station!

New access control gates

In line with the University’s new campus access control, the entrance gates in both campus libraries have been replaced. Like entering the University campuses, simply tap your HKMU ID card at the library entrance for entry. Please be reminded to use your own card to enter the library. Using other users’ card is in violation of library regulations.

New furniture

Brand new facilities@Library

DIY Studio

Need to make a video for presentation but don’t have the equipment and the filming skill? No worries, the Library can help you. This summer, we had set up a brand new “DIY Studio” in Ho Sik Yee Library at the Jockey Club Campus. The Studio, equipped with High-Definition video camera and high performance computers, can allow you to record your presentation, fuse your slides with the background and output it to a single video file. You can simply output the video file to your portable storage device or your Zoom account cloud recording and the job is done. Fast and simple!

By using our “DIY Studio” service, you will never have to worry about borrowing and setting up equipment for solo filming again. Just go to the University’s Online Booking System for Amenities (OBSA) to reserve your sessions, and come to the Service Counter at the Ho Sik Yee Library to confirm your reservation on time.

For more information about the DIY Studio and the user guide, please visit the website here.

Power Bank Loan Service

Mobile phone or tablet ran out of battery while rushing between classes? No worries, the Library can help you. In this summer, the Library, Finance and Facilities Management Office, and Students’ Union jointly introduced the power bank loan service. You can check out power banks from the ChargeSpot rental stations at the Stanley Ho Library, the Ho Sik Yee Library, and 1/F lobby of the Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare.

You can get a discounted rate at the above rental stations. Moreover, the power banks can be returned to any ChargeSpot rental stations in your vicinity.

Each power bank has a capacity of 5,000mAh (DC5V/2A). It comes with three types of cables: Lightning (MFi-certified), Micro-USB and Type-C. Users need to download the ChargeSpot app and create an account in order to rent a power bank and make payments.

To learn more about this service, please visit the Library website.

Tips for using the Library

To prepare your use of the Library in the new academic year, please find the following tips:

Borrowing privileges

Do you know how many books you can borrow and for how long? Simply click here to find out more.

Renewals

Do you know how to extend the usage of the book you borrowed and keep it longer? You can make renewals online at any time, unless the borrowed items have reached maximum loan periods or are reserved by other users.

Holds

Do you know how to borrow a book which has been checked out by another user? You can reserve the book online. When the book is ready for collection, you will be notified by email.

Recalls

Do you know why the loan period of the book you borrowed is shortened? The borrowed items are subject to recall if they are reserved by other users. Recalled items are to be returned in 14 days or by the due date, whichever comes earlier. You will be informed about the revised due date via email.

Help is a click away - Library Guides

As a new comer, you may not be familiar with searching library resources related to your subject in our E-Library. No worries! Our library guides can help! We have prepared a number of subject guides giving you hints for finding subject-related books, journals, articles, databases, etc. You can also find the selected new arrivals in your subject area. Bookmark the Library Guides and explore more!

Featured library resources

The Library has abundant print and electronic resources including books, journals, databases, as well as dissertations, online multimedia resources, etc. which are searchable via our library resources discovery platform – LibSearch. While most of our collection are academic-related resources that mainly support your teaching, learning and research activities, there are also materials which you can read them for leisure. Here are some of our recommendations:

Kono Libraries

It provides over 200 E-Magazines from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korean and Western countries for online and offline access. Library users can access the resource on web or via App. Go to our A-Z databases list for more details.

PressReader

It provides online access, via web or App, to over 7,000 local, regional and international newspapers and magazines from over 120 countries in 60 languages and displayed in their original format. You can filter the newspapers and magazines by country, language, or title. Apart from accessing the resource by logging in with your HKMU account, you may also register a PressReader account using your HKMU email account. For details, please check the record in our A-Z databases list.

HyRead e-book

It provides Chinese E-Books/E-Magazines mainly published in Taiwan. Users can access the resource on web or via App. Go to our E-Book platforms list to learn more.

Library student trainee programme

Every year, the Library will recruit helpers through our Student Library Assistants Programme. Participating students will have the opportunities to learn about the daily operations of the Library, and extend their learning beyond classroom. Before the end of the academic year, to show our gratitude to the time and efforts spent by our Student Library Assistants, our Librarian had presented Certificates of Appreciation to our graduating Student Library Assistants. We wish them all the best and may their dreams come true!

In August, we greeted our newly recruited and serving Student Library Assistants. Helping them to have a more thorough understanding of the Library services and facilities, we had organized two training sessions. During the first training session, we had invited Prof. Ricky Kwok, our Vice President (Students and Support), to have a sharing with all our Student Library Assistants. The sharing session served as a platform for exchanging views and sharing experiences. Our Librarian and Division Heads joined the sharing session as well.

Together with our Student Library Assistants, we hope you will visit the Library often and make good use of our resources and services!

Graphics design
Chan Ho Ying Daisy, Oderfla Yoma Fung
Students of School of Arts and Social Sciences
2022