LAS Inaugural Webinar – Remaining Relevant: articulating the value of our library services

LAS Inaugural Webinar

Remaining Relevant: articulating the value of our library services

Date: Friday, 30 November 2018

Time: 10am–12:30 pm

Venue: online


Join us online for this inaugural webinar to hear more about how we can remain relevant. Reserve your seat today to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards.


Registration is now open! Questions? Email us at

Program Outline

09.45 – 10.00 am Pre-Session Networking

10.00 – 10.10 am Welcome & Opening Remarks

10.10 – 10.55 am Opening Keynote

11.00 – 11.45 am Presentations

11.50 – 12.20 pm Panel Discussion

12.20 – 12.30pm Closing Remarks


See the full program outline:


We are excited to have the following colleagues speak at this webinar:


Future Proofing the Library / Digital Divide & Readiness

Jessamyn West

Jessamyn West is a librarian and community technologist. She writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine and is the author of the book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide. A born outreach librarian, she teaches a course entitled “Tools for Community Advocacy” for the University of Hawaii’s Library School. She is a research fellow at Harvard University Library Innovation Lab for 2016-2017, and serves on the Advisory Board to the Wikimedia Foundation. She works with small libraries and businesses in Central Vermont to help them use technology to solve problems.
1 A Community of Practice – Hong Kong Libraries Connect

Chloe Lei

Hong Kong Baptist University Library

In 2016, four like-minded librarians in Hong Kong started Hong Kong Libraries Connect. It was meant to provide an informal space/platform for professional networking and sharing in the region. In this presentation, Chloe will share their origin story, events/activities that they have organized, and challenges they encountered.
2 Online Professional Development for Librarians

Wu Jingjing

Texas Tech University Libraries

Higher education and academic librarianship are changing dramatically. Continuous career growth and development is critical in improving job performance as well as keeping adaptable to changes. During the past decade, libraries witnessed an increase in non-traditional positions for library employees, such as embedded librarian, data management librarian, user experience librarian, assessment librarian, digital preservation and curation librarian, and so on. Most of these positions are filled by library employees, who have already served on traditional library positions for years and are willing to explore new areas. Professional development is important not only to people changing their roles in libraries but to everyone working in this profession.

As an early career librarian in my early career, Jingjing started to attend online courses, webinars, and conferences since 2015. She aims to share online career development resources for librarians and her personal experience with these programs. She hopes other librarians can benefit from her experience.

3 Research Data Management – New Opportunities and Challenges

Chew Shu Wen

Nanyang Technological University Library

In the era of big data and the advent of Open Science movement, the organization and sharing of research data is gaining importance among researchers who seek to maximise their research impact and to reduce time and resources in collecting data.

This presentation seeks to provide a quick overview of research data management and how librarians are relevant in providing research data management services in universities and research institutions.

4 Piloting emerging research workshops at University of Houston

Gao Wenli

University of Houston

University of Houston recently launched a new initiative called 50 in 5, which aims to increase research output by 50% in 5 years. The liaison department has restructured to have a research team to better respond to the new research needs from faculty and students.

As the data librarian, Wenli is leading a new emerging research workshop series to better equip faculty and students with new research tools for data cleaning, visualization, and GIS. With limited resources, one of the goals is also to provide training for librarians so that they can answer data related questions, and take on introductory level workshops, freeing her to develop more advanced courses.

In this presentation, Wenli will talk about how she designs and promotes the courses, feedback from participants, and plans for future courses. she will also talk about resources for librarians to develop skills in those emerging research areas.

P Taking Charge of Your Own Professional Development

Zubaidah Mohsen
National Library Board


Joan Wee
Singapore Institute of Technology


Wong Shu Min
National Institute of Education


Edward Lim, New York University Shanghai (moderator)

In 20 minutes, our four panelists will provide multiple, diverse perspectives on taking charge of their own professional development. This will be followed by a ten-minute question and answer period with the audience.


Feel free to contact Training & Development team at with any questions.