Newsletter No. 458

2 458 • 19.5.2015 走 进大学图书馆正门,通过入闸机后再往前走,迎面见 到一组波浪状的书架,前方放了几张色彩缤纷的凳 子。书架上有约二百本书,有些书脊朝外垂直插放,有的封面 朝外,诱惑读者翻开内页,一看究竟。 这个地方是好书角。如果你厌倦了课堂的指定读物,想抛开 繁忙的研究生活稍事休息,或者纯粹想找本好书读一读,那 就来对了地方。图书馆馆长 李露丝 女士说:「除了为学业而看 书,阅读也可以纯粹是为了乐趣和享受。上课学习时看的书 愈多,学业成绩大概也愈好,但大学生活除了学业成绩,还 关乎全人发展。闲暇时多阅读,对于自己的人生方向,也会有 透彻的领悟。这就是我们设立好书角的目的。」 好书角是在2005年设立,目的是在校内推广阅读文化,鼓励 师生闲暇时多看书。这里的书本每六个月会换上新一批。 李露丝说:「好书角的书是由图书馆学习支援组的同事挑选。 我们会参考国际和本地书奖,并根据畅销书排行榜为选取标 准。这里有中英文的小说和非小说类书籍,尝试包罗各种领 域,所以你会找到热门的科普著作,还有经典文学作品。」 学习支援组的图书馆副主任 陈展邦 先生补充:「我们还会留 意社会上的热门话题。例如 曼德拉 去世时,我们就把他的传 记放到好书角。」 马拉拉 ‧ 优萨福扎伊 获得诺贝尔和平奖时, 她所写的《我是马拉拉》也出现在这里的书架上。 图书馆每六个月会统计好书角借出数字,以便掌握读者的口 味和需要。你知道在最近期的统计数字中,哪本书最多人借 阅吗?答案是《饥饿游戏》三部曲。 除了纸本书,图书馆还有预载了好书角电子书的Kindle阅读 器,供喜欢享受科技便利的人借出。李露丝说:「我们最初试 验Kindle借用服务,是预载通识教育科的书籍,结果大获成 功。所以决定扩大计划,把好书角的书籍也纳入。」 不过,电子书和纸本书的馆藏不完全一致。陈先生解释:「我 们接到同事推荐的好书清单后,会同时尝试获取印刷版和电 子版,但不是所有书都可以在亚马逊(Amazon)买到Kindle 用的电子版。」 现在图书馆有二十部Kindle可供借出,除了大学图书馆,崇基 学院牟路思怡图书馆也有Kindle借用服务。 好书角的书籍不断在变化充实。图书馆很想知道读者爱看哪 些书,以免有沧海遗珠,所以欢迎读者填写放在书架上的表 格,或在网上填写电子表格推荐好书。李露丝馆长说:「我们 要时刻留意流行文化中有哪些受学生欢迎的事物。」 她觉得好书角是成功的,但认为要推广阅读,还有很多工作 可做。「我们有一个构思,就是邀请校内的学术领袖推荐和讨 论曾经启发他们的书。我想这会是很吸引人的活动。」 G o straight after walking through the turnstiles at the University Library entrance, and you’ll find an area with free-form bookshelves and some colourful stools. About 200 books are available on the shelves. Some are vertically stacked with their spines facing out, some are displayed in a face-out style, tempting you with a mere glance of their covers. This is the Good Reads Corner. If you need a break from course readings, an interlude in your hectic life of research, or if you are simply looking for a good book to read, this is the place. As Ms. Louise Jones , University Librarian, says, ‘Besides reading for academic purposes, you can read just for sheer pleasure and enjoyment as well. We know that the more you read for your course, the better your academic scores are likely to be. But actually university life is not just about your academic development, it’s about your whole person development. As a person, you’re going to develop greater insight into what you want to achieve in life with reading for pleasure. That’s what we’re trying to achieve with the Good Reads Corner.’ First set up in 2005, the Good Reads Corner is intended to promote a wider reading culture and encourage more leisure reading within the CUHK staff and student body. This rotating selection of popular reading materials is updated every six months. Ms. Jones explains, ‘The selection is made by colleagues of the Library’s Learning Support Team. We also use international and local book awards, bestseller lists as our criteria. There are fiction and nonfiction titles of the Chinese and English languages. We try to appeal across the board. So you’ll find the most popular science books there, as well as classical literature.’ Mr. Chan Chin-bong Dominic , Assistant Librarian of the Learning Support Team, adds, ‘We also pay attention to hot topics. For example, when Nelson Mandela died, we put his biographies on the Good Reads shelves.’ I am Malala was also put on the Good Reads shelves when Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Library produces check-out statistics every six months to gauge the tastes and needs of its patrons. Guess what tops the list of the most borrowed Good Reads Books in its latest statistics? It’s The Hunger Games trilogy. In addition to print books, those who are more willing to embrace new technology can check out Kindles loaded with Good Reads titles in e-book format. ‘We started the Kindle development with the general education collection books and that proved very popular. So we decided to extend and include Good Reads titles,’ says Ms. Jones. But the e-book collection is not the same as the print collection. Mr. Chan explains, ‘When we receive the recommended titles from our colleagues for the Good Reads Corner, we’ll look for both print copies and Kindle e-books. But not all titles are available from Amazon.’ Now 20 sets of Kindle are available for borrowing. They are also available at the Elisabeth Luce Moore Library at Chung Chi College. The books at the Good Reads Corner are an evolving collection. The Library is interested in learning what its patrons are eager to read and wants to ensure that relevant titles are not inadvertently omitted from the collection. So it welcomes its patrons to suggest additional titles by using paper forms available at the Good Read Corners bookshelves or the e-form on its website. ‘We need to keep in touch with what is popular with our students in terms of popular culture,’ says Ms. Jones. Though she considers the Good Reads Corner a success, she believes that there is always more they can do to promote reading. ‘One idea we have is asking our academic leaders to recommend and talk about the books that have inspired them. I think that would be appealing.’ 李露丝女士与陈展邦先生 Ms. Louise Jones and Mr. Dominic Chan 时还读我书 The Pleasure of Leisure Reading Photo by ISO staff

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