Shirley CW Wong

Shirley CW Wong

University Librarian

Managerial responsibility over all functions relating to the Library, including strategic development, management and advancement of the Library.

Dr Shirley Chiu-wing Wong is the University Librarian of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

The PolyU Library, with its e-preferred acquisition policy (99.8% of journals and 87% of books are online), is an inspiring learning place where users actively construct their own knowledge, individually or in a group. It has the highest entrance counts among all academic libraries in Hong Kong. Its extension (an additional top floor) won the 2023 HKIA Special Award (Interior Design) and the international design award Architect’s Newspaper 2022 Best of Design Awards in the Library Category. Its digital makerspace, the i-Space, and its five self-serviced studios, aim to provide a low barrier of entry for students of all disciplines and diverse background to try out entry-level digital equipment to explore new forms of digital information, such as Virtual Reality (VR), 3D objects with scanning & printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting, videos recording and editing, Internet of Things (IoT) and poster printing. Its i-Space programme won the Regional Silver Award in Asia-Pacific and Cultivating Curiosity Bronze Award of the QS Reimagine Education Awards 2020.

In Hong Kong, Dr Wong was the Chair of the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) in 2016-2017, the Chair of the JULAC Learning Strategies Committee in 2012-2020, the Chair of the JULAC Copyright Committee in 2008-2012, the Chair of the JULAC Committee on Reference Services in 2005-2007, and the Secretary to and member of the then Heads of Universities Committee (HUCOM) Task Force on Copyright in Education from 2005 to 2012. She has been appointed by the HKSAR Government as a member of the Public Libraries Advisory Committee from May 2022 to April 2026.

Dr Wong was the principal investigator of the three-year project funded by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC) and participated by all eight UGC-funded universities. The project aimed to enhance information literacy among university students by developing and implementing the InfoLit for U MOOC launched in 2018. The project was shortlisted for Hybrid Learning Awards by the Steering Committee of the QS Reimagine Education 2018 Award.

Internationally, Dr Wong was the Chair of the Asia Pacific Executive Committee of OCLC in 2018/19. She was a member of the Broad of Directors of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) from 2014 to 2017, and a member of the Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) from 2009 to 2017. She was elected to be a member of the Board of Trustees of OCLC for four years starting Nov 2020.