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National Diet Library Newsletter

No. 211, April 2017

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The NDL Booth at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) 2017

The NDL sponsored a booth at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference 2017, the world’s largest Asian studies conference, held in Toronto, Canada, from March 17 to 19, 2017.

During the conference, the NDL distributed a questionnaire on NDL-OPAC, NDL Search, NDL Digital Collections, the NDL portal for Japanese studies, and other services that are available from outside Japan, which was answered by a total of 108 visitors.

Listed below are extracts of the answers. The results are to be provided in full form in the next issue of the NDL Newsletter to be published in June 2017.

Q1. Background of respondents

OptionAnswerPercentage
Researcher, professor, or instructor, primarily of Japanese studies 5349.1%
Librarian, primarily handling Japanese materials 109.3%
Undergraduate or graduate student in Japanese studies54.6%
Researcher, professor, or instructor in another field2624.1%
Librarian in another field1110.2%
Undergraduate or graduate student in another department21.9%
NA10.8%

Q2. Use of NDL services available via the Internet

(1) NDL-OPAC
OptionAnswerPercentage
I use it. 5349.1%
I know it, but have never used it. 32.8%
I did not know about it.4037%
NA1211.1%
(2) NDL Search
OptionAnswerPercentage
I use it. 4945.4%
I know it, but have never used it. 43.7%
I did not know about it.4238.9%
NA1312%
(3) NDL Digital Collections
OptionAnswerPercentage
I use it. 5752.8%
I know it, but have never used it. 65.6%
I did not know about it.3431.5%
NA1110.1%
(4) Research Navi
OptionAnswerPercentage
I use it. 1110.2%
I know it, but have never used it. 43.7%
I did not know about it.7973.4%
NA1413%
(5) "For Japanese Studies"
OptionAnswerPercentage
I use it. 21.9%
I know it, but have never used it. 76.5%
I did not know about it.8578.7%
NA1412.9%
(6) Reference Request
OptionAnswerPercentage
I use it. 54.6%
I know it, but have never used it. 109.3%
I did not know about it.7973.1%
NA1413%
(7) Twitter (@NDLJP_en)
OptionAnswerPercentage
I follow it. 87.4%
I know it, but I do not follow it. 76.5%
I did not know about it.7872.2%
NA1513.9%
(8) NDL Newsletter
OptionAnswerPercentage
I read it. 1110.2%
I know it, but I have never read it. 54.6%
I did not know about it.7872.2%
NA1413%
(9) E-learning
OptionAnswerPercentage
I use it. 32.8%
I know it, but I have never used it. 43.7%
I did not know about it.8780.6%
NA1412.9%

Q3. Comments and requests for improvement to NDL services

Requests and CommentsAnswer
Reduce limitations on access digitized materials to facilitate use from overseas.17
NDL services are good (i.e. search engines are convenient, needed information is readily available, digitized materials are useful, NDL Digital Collections facilitate my research).15
I would prefer to receive copied materials in PDF or other digital formats, or in double-sided copies.6
NDL services are not user-friendly (WARP, NDL-OPAC, etc.).4
NDL should digitize more materials.4
Searching for and requesting copies of NDL materials through Worldcat is troublesome.3
NDL should make academic journals published by universities available online in PDF or other format.2
Increase availability of English-language interfaces to NDL databases.2
Twitter (@NDLJP_en) is interesting and written in good English.1
NDL Newsletter articles with images are good teaching tools for university students.1
For researchers not fully fluent in Japanese, it would be nice to have more information in English, for example on your official YouTube channel.1

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