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Creativity and Innovation Resource Centre opens

The Creativity and Innovation Resource Centre opened tonight (November 26) at the 10/F of the City Hall Public Library.

A joint project by the Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Creative Initiatives Foundation, the centre houses more than 1,500 reference books and journals dealing with creativity and innovative problem-solving skills.

The Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong and the founder of the Creative Initiatives Foundation, Mr Chung Po-yang, spoke at the opening of the centre.

Ms Wong said that being a high-cost economy, Hong Kong had to develop knowledge-intensive industries, especially creative industries, to maintain its competitiveness. She said innovative and creative employees would be in demand.

"The centre will further strengthen education in innovation and creative thinking, and foster a deeper understanding of the potential of creativity, thereby promoting and enriching the creative culture in Hong Kong," she added.

The collection of books include a wide range of resource material dealing with children and young adults, publications on educational leadership, arts in education, early childhood development, learning theory, multiple intelligence, motivation, co-operative learning and education for gifted children.

The collection also includes general reference books that will spur creative thinking and brainstorming in business and daily lives. Other books cover topics such as organisational development, team-building, management of innovation and creative leadership. A number of books deal with the creative processes of famous innovative thinkers.

The books were donated by the Creative Initiatives Foundation. The core collection is made up from the list of 1,000 works provided by the International Center for Studies in Creativity of Buffalo State College. Chinese books and audio-visual material will be added to the collection later.

The centre's reading room has seating for over 20 patrons, two computer terminals for Internet browsing and one Online Public Access Catalogue terminal.

The centre will open from 10am to 7pm from Monday to Thursday, and close at 9pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

The Creative Initiatives Foundation is founded by Mr Chung Po-yang, who is the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of DHL International (HK) Ltd. Mr Chung is not only a patron of the arts, but is also proficient in calligraphy, painting, and photography. The foundation was set up with the mission of assisting charitable and government organisations, and community and business groups to solve problems creatively and to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency in more innovative ways.

For enquiries about the new centre and its reference materials, please browse or call 2921 2672.

Ends/Wednesday, November 26, 2003
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