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February
Hong Kong Public Libraries website selected in "Ten Healthy Websites 2003 Awards"
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With the aim to "enrich knowledge and support lifelong learning", the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) website ( http://www.hkpl.gov.hk ) has been selected as one of the winning websites in the Ten Healthy Websites 2003 Awards today (February 21).

Senior Librarian of the HKPL, Mr Yam Kin-pang who is in charge of the website said that the website had 5.8 million visitors, 70 million hit rates in 2003. It was ranked the third in the most popular government websites last year.

“Moreover, more than 800,000 library materials are renewed and reserved via our website every month,” Mr Yam said.

“To strive for excellence and meet the increasing needs of the public, the HKPL’s website will soon be upgraded to better serve the public,” he added.

The website provides a 24-hour service for readers, giving them access to a wide range of electronic information and services. This includes readers’ personal information and records; free-of-charge library electronic notices; renewing and reserving library materials; searching reference databases; browsing e-Books and the “Hong Kong Public Libraries Newsletter”; and obtaining information about HKPL’s upcoming events and new services.

The website also gives quick access to the Multimedia Information System (MMIS). Users can search for more than 90,000 audio-visual titles and 1.9 million pages of digital images and documents, including back issues of Hong Kong newspapers, house programmes, posters, maps, photos, news clippings, books and manuscripts. The system also has over 80 online reference resources in different subject areas and allows users to reserve the use of audio and video materials, CD-ROMs, CD-ROM databases, CD-ROMs for children and libraries’ MMIS workstations in a total of 25 public libraries.

The Ten Healthy Websites Contest 2003 is jointly organised by the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. Its aim is to promote a healthy Internet culture by encouraging youngsters to visit websites with healthy contents and webmasters to produce more wholesome websites. This year’s theme is "To Promote Healthy Culture; To Award Healthy Websites".

For enquires about the HKPL website, please call 2921 0208.

Ends/Saturday, February 21, 2004
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