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Apr 08 2014

Preserving the Past, Informing the Future Exhibition of the “Deacons Archives”

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Preserving the Past, Informing the Future Exhibition of the "Deacons Archives"
A Lease made between Her Majesty the Queen and George Duddell Esq. on 5th October 1846

Preserving the Past, Informing the Future Exhibition of the “Deacons Archives”


You are cordially invited to visit the Exhibition of the “Deacons Archives” which will be held at Special Collections, 1/F Main Library, The University of Hong Kong, from 4th – 28th April 2014.

The Deacons Archives contains the bulk of the early surviving records of Deacons and its predecessors, including client deeds and papers, wills and probate, deceased estate client files, powers of attorney, business contracts and agreements, certificates, legal correspondence, accounting records, and more. The date range for the Archives is from 1846 to 2007, with a bulk date range between 1880s and 1950s. This surely provides valued information reflecting the social and economic conditions of Hong Kong particularly in the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century.

This exhibition intends to convey the depth, breadth and richness of the Archives’ holdings. The documents on display are various types of records relating to The University of Hong Kong, wills of local renowned entrepreneurs, land lease and land sale deeds, and other intriguing records ranging from the 1900s to the 1960s. A number of damaged documents which have been repaired and restored by our Preservation and Conservation team are also on display, along with images to illustrate the different repair processes.

The University of Hong Kong Libraries is deeply grateful to Deacons for depositing the firm’s archival records with us permanently, which is now formally named as the Deacons Archives. We appreciate very much Deacons’ belief in acknowledging the past, preserving the memory, and investing in the future. History is written with reference to the evidence of the past. We truly honour Deacons’ rationale for making the deposit, which does not only enable the Libraries to preserve the firm’s historical records perpetually, but also to make the Archives available for scholarly research and teaching purposes.

Deacons is Hong Kong’s premier law firm and provides an extensive range of legal and commercial services to local and international businesses. With roots in Hong Kong beginning in 1851, it has long and distinguished histories coupled with influential and prominent partners and clients. The firm’s archival records can help develop connections within our communities, commemorate and encourage philanthropic activities, and contribute to Hong Kong society’s understanding of itself.

For enquiries, please contact Special Collections at libspeco@hku.hk or 2859-2207.

Best wishes
Iris Chan
Special Collections Librarian

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Mar 13 2014

Exhibition of the “Harold Thomas Matches Collection”

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You are cordially invited to visit the exhibition of the “Harold Thomas Matches Collection”. The exhibit will be held at Special Collections, 1/F Main Library, the University of Hong Kong, from 10-23 March 2014.

Mr. Harold Matches, a British subject, joined the Hong Kong Police on August 1935 at the age of 24. He was interned with other members of police force at Stanley Internment Camp during Japanese occupation.

After recuperation in Australia and returning to England to get married, he resumed his police duty in Hong Kong in 1947 in CID Kowloon City Police Station where he was in charge of a team of detectives. He was very much involved in the high profile murder case of Lytton Bevis Woods. He resigned from the Hong Kong Police in December 1948 and emigrated to Canada, later returning to UK.

This exhibition features Harold Matches police work including his police IDs and personnel records, police diary book, murder case file; others include correspondence whilst in Stanley Internment Camp, temporary identity document issued in Stanley Internment Camp, and more.

For more information and to view part of the collection, please visit:
http://battleforhongkong.blogspot.hk/2013/11/harold-thomas-matches-police-officer-in.html

For enquiries, please contact Special Collections at libspeco@hku.hk or 2859-2207

Best wishes
Iris Chan
Special Collections Librarian

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Feb 28 2014

The “Victor Hugo, the Ocean-Man” exhibition

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Alliance Française & The University of Hong Kong Libraries cordially invites you to the “Victor Hugo, the Ocean-Man” exhibition created by the National Library of France (BnF).

The National Library of France presents a comprehensive exhibition, in French, Chinese and English, examining Hugo’s deep connection with the sea and concentrating on his Guernsey novel, Les Travailleurs de la Mer.

Many writers in the nineteenth and twentieth century lived a double life between the pen and the brush. Victor Hugo - by the volume of his graphic production and inventiveness - occupies in this list, a special place.

Yet he qualified his drawings “attempts I have made, at moments of almost unconscious daydreams, with what was left of the ink from my feather” species tests performed by me, at times almost unconscious reverie, with what remained of ink in my pen, they nevertheless constituted a continuity between the writing and image. The pen slides into the brush.

The exhibit will be held in the exhibition area on the Ground Floor of the Main Library from the 5th March – 14th March 2014.

Peter Sidorko
University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong

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Feb 17 2014

HKU Libraries Annual Report 2012-13

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I am pleased to present you with the 2012/2013 University of Hong Kong Libraries’ Annual Report. I hope you will find its contents of interest and reflective of the Libraries’ contributions to the University’s teaching, learning, research, and knowledge exchange pursuits.

I take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support.

Peter E. Sidorko
University Librarian
The University of Hong Kong

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Feb 10 2014

Proquest downtime for system enhancements on February 15

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ProQuest will not be available Sunday, February 16 at 10:00 for eight (8) hours (China Standard Time ) for system enhancements.

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Jan 27 2014

Monthly Inspection, Testing & Maintenance for Exit Sign and Emergency Lighting (February 2014)

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1.Hung Hing Ying Building
2.Pao Siu Loong Building
3.Knowles Building
4.Library Building (New Wing)
5.Library Building (Old Wing)
6.Loke Yew Hall

06 Feb 2014 (Thursday) to 08 Feb 2014 (Saturday)
09:00a.m. to 06:00p.m. (Daily)

For more details, please find the notice and the additional information below:
Notice

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Jan 22 2014

Monthly Running Test on Generator - Interruption of Emergency Electricity Supply

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Composite Building, Library Building (New Wing and Old Wing), Chow Yei Ching Building, Haking Wong Building and Runme Shaw Buildng

25 Jan 2014 (Saturday) to 25 Jan 2014 (Saturday)
09:00a.m. to 05:00p.m. (Daily)

For more details, please find the notice and the additional information below:
Notice

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Jan 20 2014

Exhibition of “Szeto Wah Collection”

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You are cordially invited to visit the Exhibition of “Szeto Wah Collection”. The exhibit will be held at Special Collections, 1/F Main Library, the University of Hong Kong, from 2 January to 23 February 2014.

The “Szeto Wah Collection” is permanently housed in the Libraries’

Special Collections since the turnover ceremony in January 2012. The University of Hong Kong Libraries is very fortunate to have been chosen by the family of Mr Szeto Wah as the recipient of this unique Collection.

This second biennale exhibition features Szeto Wah’s speech manuscripts relating to education, June Fourth Incident, democratic movement, and personal experience that he shared with students at schools and academic institutions.

For enquiries, please contact Special Collections at libspeco@hku.hk or 2859-2207

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Jan 20 2014

Resumption of Library Advisory Service at the Chi Wah Learning Commons

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Effective from 20 January 2014, the University Libraries has resumed the advisory service for students in the Chi Wah Learning Commons (智華館). The University Libraries will offer assistance to students in:

  • using the library services and facilities;
  • formulating search strategies;
  • searching the information resources, such as Dragon (the library catalogue) and the article databases; and
  • setting up personal consultations for in-depth information search.

The advisory service is available Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 5 pm in Zone R, i.e. the designated Student Advisory Services Zone shown in green in the following floor plan.

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The Libraries aims to provide high quality advisory service to facilitate student learning experience at the Learning Commons which is developing into a campus hub for student-centered learning activities.

You are most welcome to share with us what you think about the Libraries’ advisory service at the Chi Wah Learning Commons by sending us an email to libis@hku.hk.

Information Services Division

University of Hong Kong Libraries

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Jan 13 2014

Knowledge Exchange (KE) lunch meeting

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ORCiD to Make Your Research Unique & Findable and
SAGE Open: Open Access Publishing for You to Choose

by Mr David Palmer
Associate University Librarian (Digital Strategies & Technical Services), University Libraries

Date: January 22, 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Venue: Room P6-03, Graduate House

Sandwiches will be provided. All are welcome.

Abstract:
ORCiD and SAGE Open are two new initiatives of the Libraries to support HKU researchers with a view to enhancing the visibility of their research to not only scholars but also potential collaborators in outside organizations, potential research postgraduate students, and interested members of the public.

ORCiD: This is an international initiative to create and use unique scholar identifiers for each scholar in the world. Universities, publishers, funding agencies, scholars, and anybody who search for them, can use ORCiDs to uniquely identify and retrieve data on scholars. This will be especially beneficial to authors with Chinese names that may be quite common. The Libraries will begin creating ORCiDs for HKU professoriate staff in December 2013.

SAGE Open: Agreement has been made with SAGE Open to publish 100 articles by HKU authors in SAGE Open. This peer reviewed journal is gold open access, which means the author, the institution or the funder pays an Article Processing Charge (APC), rather than readers paying subscriptions. HKU authors can now choose to publish in SAGE Open, as the APC for up to 100 articles will be covered under the aforementioned agreement. The resulting published peer reviewed article is available to everyone in open access. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities. This is another initiative to promote open access (OA), following the Springer OA initiative done in the last triennium, which mainly covered the science and technology-related disciplines. OA journals can increase readership, enable readership amongst those who cannot afford subscriptions, and enable a faster cycle of, “research - publish - research”.

For further details, please visit the KE website:
http://www.ke.hku.hk/events/seminars/upcoming-seminar

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