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National Diet Library Newsletter

No. 211, April 2017

Training for Japanese Studies Librarians Outside of Japan:
Library services practicum at the Kansai-kan of the NDL 2017

<<Participants, commentators from Ryukoku University and
International Research Center for Japanese Studies, and NDL employees>>

From January 24 to February 2, 2017, the National Diet Library (NDL) hosted a training program for Japanese Studies librarians living outside Japan at the Kansai-kan of the NDL in Kyoto, with 3 participants from the Republic of Korea and the United States.

The program included lectures by NDL employees on utilizing NDL services, bibliographic and authority data, library materials such as those on modern Japanese political history, etc. There was also a special lecture about the history and trends in manga research in Japan given by Mr. Yu Ito of the Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center.

Thereafter, the participants engaged in individual research specific to their own professional interests at the General Collections Room of the Kansai-kan and later visited several nearby institutions, where they learned about the facilities and collections and attended lectures given by professional librarians at these institutions as well.

The final day of the program also included a briefing session, during which the participants each commented on what they learned and how they hoped to apply what they had learned in the course of their professional duties.

The contents of the program were as follows.

Date / Venue Content
January 24, 2017
Kansai-kan of the NDL
  • Orientation
  • Self-introduction by participants
  • NDL databases
  • NDL ILL services
  • NDL Digital Collections
January 25
Kansai-kan of the NDL
  • Japanese studies materials in Taiwan and Korea - mainly how to use digitized material -
  • How to use Data of Japanese National Bibliography (JNB) and Author Headings / Name Authority Data
  • How to use original political documents of modern Japan
  • Exchange meeting
January 26
Kansai-kan of the NDL
  • Guidance of the Kansai-kan (with guided tour)
  • Individual research at the Kansai-kan
  • Special lecture (Guest lecturer: Mr. Yu Ito. researcher, Kyoto Seika University International Manga Research Center)
January 27
Ryukoku University Omiya Library / Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
  • Visit to the Ryukoku University Omiya Library
  • Visit to the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
January 30
International Research Center for Japanese Studies Library
  • Visit to the International Research Center for Japanese Studies Library
January 31
Kyoto University Library Network
  • Visit to the Kyoto University Library Network (Kyoto University Library, Faculty of Law Library, Library of Graduate School of Economics and Faculty of Economics)
February 1
Kobe University Library
  • Visit to the Kobe University Library
February 2
Kansai-kan of the NDL
  • Individual research at the General Collections Room and Asian Resources Room
  • Briefing
  • Closing ceremony / distribution of certificate

Below is a comment from one of the participants, Ms. Naomi Shiraishi, Japanese Cataloging Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley:

As a Japanese cataloging librarian at UC Berkeley, my responsibilities include cataloging Japanese rare materials and I have always been interested in learning about rare materials in Japanese libraries. When I heard about NDL Kansai-kan’s Training for Japanese Studies Librarians Outside of Japan, I thought this may be a great opportunity for me to visit Japanese academic libraries.

I attended the training between Jan. 24 and Feb. 2, 2017 and learned more than I expected. After the very informative lectures on how to effectively acquire Japan related resources using NDL’s databases, the participants visited several academic libraries in the Kansai area: Ryukoku University, Ritsumeikan University, Nichibunken, Kyoto University and Kobe University. There we learned about how these institutions digitize their rare materials. Some of us also met with catalogers and heard about what they do with their rare materials. I found this to be very helpful.

I was also interested in LGBT resources (especially municipal resources) in Japan. NDL staff provided me with useful information on this and I am now comfortable working on this project.

I am grateful to all the staff at NDL and other institutions that participated in this program for generously sharing their resources and information with us.

Naomi Shiraishi
Japanese Cataloging Librarian
University of California, Berkeley

We hope that the participants will find their experiences during this program to be beneficial in providing library services to those engage in Japanese studies.

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