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ARL Standing Committee Elections – second candidate statement

IFLA Standing Committee elections are currently underway, and the ARL Standing Committee is excited to be welcoming new members.  We have invited our candidates to submit short biographies so that those of you who are voting members will have some background in making your selections.  Our second candidate is Leo Ma and his statement is below:

The past four years, serving as an ARL standing committee member, has been inspiring and rewarding. It is very fortunate for me to work with a group of enthusiastic and passionate members from academic and research libraries around the globe. During my 1st term (2013-2017), I was privileged to serve as a member of the Selection Panel (Asia) of the ARL attendance award (2014-15), an organizing committee member of the ARL Satellite Meeting 2017 in Berlin, and the coordinator of the discussion series on Trends of Academic and Research libraries. Apart from these, I am able to connect and collaborate LIS professionals in Greater China and other Asian countries with colleagues from other part of the world through ARL. It would be an honor to help further develop this connection and collaboration in the next four years.


Selected Conference Papers

Ma, Leo F.H., Ling Ling Yu (2016). “The Quality Assurance System of HKUSPACE: The Implementation of the Collaborative Programmes on Library and Information Studies of Charles Sturt University”. In the A-LIEP 2016, Nanjing, China, 3-4 November 2016.

Ma, Leo F.H., Maggie M.K. Wong (2016). “From Local to Global: A Comparison of Hong Kong Library Association Mentoring Programme and International Librarians Network”. In the82th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2016, Ohio, USA, 12 August 2016.

Ma, Leo F.H. (2016). “Video-on-Demand Service for Local TV Programmes: A Successful Collaborative Model for Academic Libraries in Hong Kong”. In the8th Shanghai International Library Forum, Shanghai, China, 6-8 July 2016.

Ma, Leo F.H., L.M. Mak (2014). “Reading Promotion through Literary Walk: A Case Study of the Fun with Learning Chinese Language through Literary Walk Project”. In the80th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2014, Lyon, France, 16-22  August,  2014.

Ma, Leo F.H. (2013). “The Power of Words: Promoting Civic Literacy through Words”. Inthe 79th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2013, Singapore, 17-23 August, 2013.

Ma, Leo F.H. (2012). “Library Strategies for Meeting the Learning Needs of Fine Arts Students in the 21st Century: The Experience of the New Asia College Ch’ien Mu Library of The Chinese University of Hong Kong”. In the 33rd Annual IATUL Conference, Singapore, 4-7 June, 2012.

Ma, Leo F.H. (2011). “Current Status and Future Prospects: A Survey of the Application of Web 2.0 in Hong Kong School Libraries”. In the77th  IFLA World Library & Information Congress, Puerto Rico, 13-18 August, 2011.

Ma, Leo F.H., Venia Y.M. Mak (2011). “Internationalization and Collaboration: The Case of the Hong Kong Library Association”. InAsia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice 2011: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities, Malaysia, 22-24 June, 2011.

Selected Journal Articles

Ma, Leo F.H. (2016). “The Power of Words: Promoting Civic Literacy through Words”. International Journal of Information Movement, 1(5):1-6.

Ma, Leo F.H. (2014). “MOOC and Higher Education: The Role of Libraries”. Fujian Library Theory and Practice,4:61-64. (In Chinese)

Ma, LeoF.M. (2014). “Big Data: The Information Challenge for the LIS Professionals in the 21st Century”.Hong Kong Library Association Newsletter, 97:5-6.

Ma, Leo F.H. (2010). “Korean Collection at the University Library System of The Chinese University of Hong Kong”.Trends in Overseas Korean Studies Libraries, 3:44-59.



ARL Standing Committee elections

IFLA Standing Committee elections are currently underway, and the ARL Standing Committee is excited to be welcoming new members.  We have invited our candidates to submit short biographies so that those of you who are voting members will have some background in making your selections.  Jayshree Mamtora is our first candidate to submit her biography – please see below.

Currently I am Chair of the IFLA Asia and Oceania Section, 2015-2017, and have been an active committee member of the section over the last few years. I have always been keen to contribute having acted as Program Convenor for the RSCAO Open Session at a number of IFLA conferences; and was responsible for setting up the Section Handbook.

Given the opportunity, I would be pleased to contribute to the ARL Section as a committee member. I would bring many years’ experience as an academic librarian having worked at universities in the UK, the South Pacific and now at Charles Darwin University Library in Australia. As Research Services Coordinator, I provide support to our research community which includes running workshops, developing research resources, organising Open Access Week activities, to name a few. I have also been instrumental in setting up the annual Research Support Community Day in Australia.

I have published a  number of journal articles and presented conference papers – the most recent are listed below:

Conference Papers

Godfrey, N., Mamtora, J. and Cathy Bow (2016). Preserving a living archive of Indigenous language material. Presented at the VALA 2016 Conference, Melbourne, 9 February 2016.

Haddow, G. and Mamtora, J. (2016). Practice supporting research in Australian academic libraries. Presented at the RAILS Conference, Wellington, 8 December 2016.

Mamtora, J and Gaby Haddow (2015). From bibliometrics to altmetrics: an Australian study. Paper presented at the IFLA Academic and Research Libraries’ Satellite Meeting, August 2015, Cape Town, South Africa.

Book Chapter

Mamtora, J and Gaby Haddow (2015). Australian academic libraries and research support. In R. Raju et al (ed.), The Quest for the Deeper Meaning of Research Support, 80-89. Cape Town: UCT Libraries.

Journal Articles

Mamtora, J, Yang, T and Diljit Singh (2015). Open access repositories in the Asia-Oceania region: experiences and guidelines from three academic institutions. IFLA Journal, 41 (2): 162-176.

 Accepted Manuscripts

Mamtora, J and Cathy Bow (2017). Towards a unique archive of Aboriginal languages: a collaborative project. Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Haddow, G, and J Mamtora (2017). Research support in Australian academic libraries: Services, Resourcing and Relationships. New Review of Academic Librarianship. Special Issue: Supporting Researchers: Sustainable Innovation in Strategy and Services.

Registrations now open for Digital Humanities Satellite Berlin August 2017

IFLA Satellite Meeting 2017 in Berlin on August 15 – 17

Hosted by BBAW, DARIAH-EU, DINI, IFLA, LIBER and the Library of the Humboldt University Berlin

Digital Humanities is widely understood to mean the use of computer-aided and data-driven research methods and techniques in both the arts and humanities. Some examples of this are critical editions, lexicographical projects, as well as the historical reception of large-scale collections, whether of visual objects or literary textual corpora. But intrinsic to the digitally-enabled arts and humanities are the holdings and collections offered up to researchers by libraries and other cultural heritage and memory institutions. In addition academic libraries also have an integrating role to play between the researcher, the interested public and the collections not only of libraries, but also of museums and archives especially, where strong regional cooperation or collaborations across borders have been established. Essential to this for this role are services that present appropriately curated digitized materials and provide access to them.

Please find program of the satellite meeting, hotel information and registration under the following link: The registration fee of € 100 includes the attendance of the conference, the get together (August 15), the evening dinner (August 16), two lunches and all the coffee breaks.