Dr. Paul W. T. Poon

Dr. Paul W. T. Poon
University Librarian
University of Macau Library


Dr. Paul W. T. Poon has been the University Librarian, University of Macau since 2005. Before that, he was the University Librarian, City University of Hong Kong. He has been actively involved with academic library administration and research for well over several decades. In his current position at the University of Macau, Dr. Poon has transformed a traditional library to a dynamic and state-of-the-art academic library, well-equipped for challenges in the 21st century. He also played a pivotal role in relocating the old Library in Taipa to a much larger library building in the University’s new campus in Hengqin in 2014.

Dr. Poon is the recipient of the University of Michigan School of Information 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University Library, and affiliated with the Documentation and Information Centre of Fudan University Library as a Guest Lecturer. In addition, Dr. Poon is a member of the Executive Committee of the OCLC Asia-Pacific Regional Council.

Dr. Poon’s academic credentials include a Bachelor degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, post-graduate study at the College of Librarianship Wales, UK (now part of the Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK), and a Ph.D. degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan, USA.


The Story of MALA: Genesis, Development, and Synergy
MALA (Macau Academic Library Alliance) was established with the support of the Tertiary Education Services Office of the Macau SAR Government (GAES), and formally inaugurated in December 2014. With nine higher education institutions libraries as its members, its main objective is to achieve mutual cooperation, share member libraries’ core resources and build up an effective communication platform, so as to attain a cost-benefit mechanism on library acquisitions, resources development and sharing, inter-library loan and also saving of administrative expenses. Some concrete outcomes have been yielded over the past few years. MALA also played a key role in forming the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau University Library Alliance.

While hailing the accomplishment of MALA, this presentation will also delineate the challenges that the work of MALA presents. It is hoped that the story of MALA, both its benefits and challenges, will serve as a case study for other similar consortiums to take note of.