Open University of Hong Kong

Chan, Annie. “Providing Library and Information Services for the Visually Impaired: The Experience of the Open University of Hong Kong Library.” Paper presented at the AAOU Pre-Conference Seminar on “Outreach Library Services for Distance Learners,” February 20, 2002, New Delhi, India. Online. Available:
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) was started in order to provide distance education opportunities. The OUHK has offered support for students whose mobility, hearing or vision is impaired. The University’s E-Library is described. The E-Library includes electronic databases, an e-text centre, an online reserve collection, web links, the provision of interlibrary loan, and user support services. An overview of the support services available from the OUHK for students with disabilities is given. Web accessibility for the visually impaired, as it relates to the E-Library, is then discussed including technical and administrative issues and web page design considerations. J. Wheeler.

Wong, Wai-man. “Electronic Library Services for Distance Learners – Its Developments in the Open University of Hong Kong.” In [Proceedings of the] ICDE Librarians’ Roundtable, 11-12 October, 1999, The Open University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Open University of Hong Kong, 1999, 82-85. ERIC ED 438 832.
In 1997, the Library of the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) raised significant funds to create an Electronic Library. These resources have been spent on providing remote access to library resources, purchasing 1,000 new electronic databases or titles, acquiring software to enable students to access the library’s large CD-ROM library remotely, digitizing of reserve materials, internet access to the library catalog, instructional videos on demand, and a common English/Chinese user interface. The library has also entered into an agreement with the Hong Kong public libraries system to make OUHK resources available through those libraries’ workstations to OUHK students. In the future, the library plans to expand its digitization of materials, make use of broadband networks for remote access, and develop more training classes and surveys for OUHK students, many of whom remain unaware of the existence of library services. S. Tschabrun.