Revitalization of North Wings on 4/F & 5/F of the Library
North Wings of the 4/F & 5/F of the Library in 2,290 m2 have been revitalized in the summer of 2017 to provide an inspiring and welcoming learning environment to the University community.
The purposely designed i-Space on the 4/F creates an engaging environment with digital fabrication equipment and facilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) corner, Virtual Reality experience zone, and over 5,000 books on Fine Arts and Design. It aims to facilitate students to learn by experiencing, creating and demonstrating newly acquired knowledge in a concrete and creative way.
Over 300 seats with dividers, task lighting and sockets have been installed in the newly renovated quiet study zone on the 5/F to support focused study and reflection.
Promoting a reading culture at PolyU -
Celebrating six years of READ@PolyU
For the past six years, READ@PolyU has engaged students and staff in a reading culture at PolyU. The READ programme builds upon the shared experience of reading a Common Book, a copy of which is given free-of-charge to all first-year full-time PolyU undergraduates.
This year’s Common Book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, an award-winning novel and New York Times bestseller featuring the observant “wallflower” Charlie as he navigates the world between adolescence and adulthood.
Around 2,000 students picked up copies of the Common Book this year. With books in hand, over 200 freshmen registered for and attended the Book Chat Session series over a period of six weeks at the Library. During the Book Chats, students had the opportunity to explore, in a small group led by a staff facilitator and senior student facilitators, thought-provoking topics related to the Common Book.
Book Chat Sessions
The conversation continued with various talks and seminars. Individuals from the PolyU community, from students to faculty, came out to hear the inspiring testimonials of Dr. Alman Chan, Principal of the Christian Zheng Sheng College, and Mr. Jeffrey Andrews, Hong Kong’s first ethnic minority Social Worker. We were all a bit less lonely for having heard how the quiet achievers among us overcame life’s common (and not so common) challenges to make a positive difference in the community.
Author Seminars, Thematic Talks and Writing Workshops
The Library also ran summer events for PolyU readers in partnership with Hong Kong Trade Development Council, British Council and English Language Centre.
Upcoming events include a Diary-Writing Workshop on 14 November 2017, and the Diary-Writing Competition with tantalizing prizes.
Co-organisers of READ@PolyU 2017: Pao Yue-kong Library, English Language Centre, PolyU International Film Society and Breakthrough.
Library Survey 2017
A big thank you to the 2,613 Library users who took part in the survey in 2017. Comparing with the Library Survey in 2015, the overall satisfaction rating in 2017 increased by 2.72% from 4.05 to 4.16 (Out of a 5-point scale). Academic/research staff were the most satisfied group (Average score at 4.30), followed by postgraduates at 4.28. Nearly 99% of the respondents from our core users (Undergraduates, postgraduates, academic/research staff and general grade staff) had an overall satisfaction rating of 3 or above (See Figure 1).
Figure 1: Satisfaction by user type
Overall, all user types found the Library helpful in their academic pursuits – scores for all statements ranked above four on a five-point scale (See Figure 2). Across the board, postgraduates found the Library most helpful in their academic activities, in particular, the first statement on the left received the highest score (4.46 out of 5) in this section of the survey.
Figure 2: Helpfulness of Library in academic pursuit
(On a 5-point scale, 5 = strongly agree, 1 = strongly disagree)
For more analysis, user comments and Library responses, please refer to the full report