Hsianghoo Steve Ching is University Librarian at City University of Hong Kong. He is also the Adjunct Professor of Department of Economics and Finance. Before accepting the appointment at CityU in 2004, he was Director of University Libraries and Professor of Business School at Feng Chia University in Taiwan. He received both his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. His recent research focus is on the academic library consortia management and administration, strategic management for e-learning and digital publishing, and economic analysis of library services.
In 2001, he was instrumental in foreseeing the completion of the total renovation of the old library into a state-of-the-art building, showcasing electronic resources and equipment along with traditional collections. In 2003, he was greatly involved in the formation and establishment of the Chinese Information Literacy Association. The Association helps facilitate the best practices of information literacy by integrating the curriculum from regional to national communities and to all other levels of the educational system as well. He also served as the Chairperson for the National Committee of Distance Education Evaluation, nominated by the Minister of Education in Taiwan. In April 2001, he initiated to form TEBNET, Taiwan eBook Network, the first ebook consortium in Taiwan. In December 2005, he founded and established Super eBook Consortium - Cicada with the aim of enhancing the English-language collection among 48 university libraries in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In terms of the number of libraries and the number of titles, the Consortium is one of the largest eBook consortia in the world. The Consortium successfully acquired over 50,000 volumes of professional and academic English-language ebooks in various disciplines in a cost-effective coordinated acquisition model.