Seeing the trees through the forest: Centralising collection management at academic libraries in Hong Kong

Brian Minihan

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– Collaborative efforts in academic library collection management and development are frequent topics in library literature. This paper aims to analyse the nature of collaborative projects among Hong Kong academic libraries, with a view to whether further synchronisation of collection management is likely or not.


– By comparing collaboration, as defined in the academic library literature from the 1970s to the present, to the status of current collaboration in academic libraries in Hong Kong, the local outlook for collaborative collection decisions among an eight-member library consortium was analysed. The ramification of local weeding projects and collection management decisions without a joint storage facility and its associated communication benefits regarding collection management decisions are detailed.


– Hong Kong academic libraries will all need to communicate clearly to one another and agree on local strategies before they can expect to build up to see any benefits from collaboration in collection management and development.


– Although many of the themes have been touched upon before, in an Asian context it is useful to emphasize that success in collaboration is not dependent on budgets and resources alone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalLibrary Management
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Academic libraries
  • Collection management
  • Weeding
  • Consortia


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