JULAC: A Collaboration That Leads and Transforms the Research Libraries of Hong Kong
For more than fifty years, JULAC, the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee, has been transforming libraries in Hong Kong universities through deep collaboration, creativity, and technology. Now comprising the eight universities funded by the Hong Kong government’s University Grants Committee (UGC), JULAC has instituted the JULAC card allowing users access to all eight libraries; HKALL, a patron-initiated borrowing service; advances in virtual reality and maker spaces; the adoption of a shared integrated library system; collaborative information literacy systems; and digital humanities.
When anti-government demonstrations broke out in Hong Kong in June 2019, JULAC collaboration entered a new phase of continuing to transform benefits to users in the midst of heightened security and limited campus access. This became of acute importance beginning in mid-November, when several universities were occupied with resulting damage to their libraries