Student librarians from Diocesan Boys' School shelved the opposition when they won the Joint School Librarianship Competition recently. Students from Diocesan Boys' School, Diocesan Girls' School and Yu Chun Keung Memorial College took part in the contest at Yu Chun Keung Memorial College. In a keen competition Diocesan Boys' School proved to be too well versed in the subject; first and second runners-up were Diocesan Girls' School and Yu Chun Keung Memorial College respectively. Each of the schools received a trophy and certificate. The winners also received a perpetual trophy. The competition was divided into several parts including compulsory question-and-answer, card cataloguing, book processing and voluntary question-and-answer. The highlight of the competition was the case study section in which teams were required to solve a situational problem. The problems were related to the everyday duties of a librarian. For example: 'If there is no other librarian in the library, what will you do if a strange smell filled the library?', or 'If a student has placed some books on a desk in the library and then left in an attempt to reserve a seat, what would you do if more people entered the library and found no seat available?' Teams were allowed one minute to discuss the problem before electing a presenter to answer the question. The presenter was then further questioned by the organising committee from St Paul's Secondary School. Judge of the competition and Education Department librarian Leung Che-wai said he was impressed by the level of preparation shown by the teams and the way they faced the challenge of the committee's questions. According to the president of the organising committee, Terry Tso Fuk-tze, more students were becoming interested in library work. A sixth-form student from Diocesan Boys' School, Wong Tsz-lun, said he found the subject rewarding in several ways. 'I have learnt the best way to find information in a library and use its facilities. My interpersonal skills have also improved through contact with many people,' he said.