21 Jan 2017 (Sat) 2 ‑ 5pm (3 hours)
L1, The Sparkle, 500 Tung Chau Street, Cheung Sha Wan, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
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Jockey Club "Make A Difference" Social Lab ─
Finale: Learnings from the LIBoratory Project
Lab Partner: Leisure and Cultural Services Department

When citizens and LCSD librarians come together to form a lab team, what spark did they ignite?
Should public libraries evolve from developing book collection to creating connections in the community?

“The LIBoratory Project”, a 5-month public service innovation lab never before done in Hong Kong, is coming to an end. Since September 2016, the Lab Team has installed themselves at the Po On Road Public Library in Sham Shui Po to experiment with grounded library innovation and explore how public libraries can respond creatively to the needs of the community.

Come to our finale to:

Join an interactive “Gallery Tour” led by the tri-sector Lab to find out the stories and ups and downs in the prototyping process
Learn about the discoveries and challenges of attempting collaborative innovation from within the public library system
Explore the potential of using the Social Lab method in innovating public services in Hong Kong

Date: 21 Jan 2017 (Sat)
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Venue: The Good Lab (L1, The Sparkle, 500 Tung Chau Street, West Kowloon)
Language: Cantonese (Please contact us if you need special assistance)
Fee: This is a free public event. All are welcome!
Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6vgI-XRDGnDcQ95gCo8WHzk0l-0xVboSwVsH1jDVTzxByYA/viewform?c=0&w=1

Know more about the LIBoratory Project : www.mad.asia/posts/927

Guest Speakers of Finale: Learnings from the LIBoratory Project

Dr. Louis NG
Deputy Director, Leisure and Cultural Services Department
A professionally trained curator and historian, he is now responsible for the overall management of museums, heritage preservation, performing arts, visual arts and public library service at the Department.
Chairperson, Make A Difference Institute
Ada has led a varied career as solicitor, educator and social entrepreneur. She is a staunch advocate of social innovation, creative education and cultural development.
She is also Convenor & Director of The Good Lab, Chairperson of Make A Difference Institute, Director of Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture and supervisor of HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity.
The Social Lab Team
A publicly recruited Lab Team coming from all walks of life such as LCSD librarians, designers, architects, social workers, business consultants, students etc.

Experiments of the Lab Team

Happy Library Cards
Library users all have different needs. Can we use this specially-designed deck of cards to foster empathy and tackle conflicts? Can it be a way out for the complain culture in town?
Kaifongs love reading newspapers. What if there is a new communal space for reading newspaper other than the library? How did kaifongs respond? What do they need and what are some good locations?
South Asian Bookshare
The South Asian community rarely visits the library. The team has been experimenting on a South Asian bookcrossing network. How might we attract them to the library? How to encourage cross-ethnic communication in the culturally diverse community?
The World in a Book - Exploring Reading and Libraries
Books in the library are usually well arranged to give a proper and orderly feeling. Experimenting on lively book curation based on themes to arouse readers’ interest and lead them to chart new reading terrains.
Friends of Library
What if citizens can also organize activities in the library? What if libraries can better reflect district characters? What does your dream library look like? What are you willing to do for it?
Experimenting Library Space
Grandpa says, “I come here everyday as there’s no air conditioning back home. Sometimes I want to have a little chat with others.”
Mum says, “My little boy just can't sit still. I'm afraid he may disturb others.”
A youngster says, “The library smells like an elderly home and it doesn't feel right!”
How can the library better meet the expectations of different groups of users through spatial and atmospheric design?