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National Diet Library Newsletter

No. 212, June 2017

National Diet Library (NDL) survey results at the AAS 2017 booth exhibition

Aya Nakazawa
Branch Libraries and Cooperation Division
Administrative Department

<<Booth Exhibition at AAS 2017>>


1. AAS 2017 survey results

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference 2017 was held in Toronto, Canada from March 16 to 19, 2017, having 3,292 participants including 301 booth exhibitors. According to the conference report, 37.8% of the participants specialized in China while 30.2% were experts in Northeast Asia including Japan. The NDL attended as an exhibitor for the first time to introduce its web services as well as to collect comments and requests on its services through a questionnaire survey (PDF: 172 KB). Full results of the survey are reported here, following the preliminary report in the previous issue.

The NDL has been considering how to improve its support for those who are involved in Japanese studies outside Japan and collected opinions mainly from librarians who had visited the NDL so far. So this was our first good experience to receive opinions directly from overseas researchers and librarians and we were able to collect various comments, from those who knew about the NDL for the first time to those who had used the NDL for years. We continue to collect comments from other parts of the world this fiscal year, and collate them to prepare for actions to take from next fiscal year. We greatly appreciate all the participants’ kind cooperation in the survey.

1.1 Background of respondents

108 respondents answered the questions. Around 80% of them are researchers, instructors or students and 19% are librarians.

Respondents primarily of Japanese studies make up 63% of the total while respondents in another field account for 36%.

<<Respondents by their affiliation>>
This graph shows respondents answered the questions by their affiliation

<<Respondents by their primary focus>>
This graph shows respondents answered the questions by their primary focus

Below are subjects of interest to researchers, instructors and students, and their number.

This graph shows sublects of interest to researchers, instructors and students, and their number.

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1.2 Use of NDL services available via the Internet

The results show that the NDL needs to step up its efforts to make its online services known to potential users, particularly to researchers in other than Japanese studies field but who need information on Japan, and those who use contents in English rather than contents in Japanese.

Below are users of NDL services available via the Internet by respondent categories.



<<NDL Digital Collections>>

<<Research Navi>>

<<Japanese studies>>

<<Reference Request>>

<<Twitter (@NDLJP_en)>>

<<NDL Newsletter>>


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1.3 Comments and requests on the NDL services

The results indicate that digitization of materials drew most interest and expectations. 58 comments were collected and 26 of them were on digitization. And 17 of the 26 were requests for reducing limitations on access to digitized materials to facilitate use from overseas. Comments on ILL services, databases and public relations were also collected.

Category Requests and CommentsAnswer
DigitizationReduce limitations on access to digitized materials to facilitate use from overseas.17
NDL Digital Collections is useful for overseas researchers.4
NDL should make academic journals published by universities available online in PDF or other formats.2
NDL should digitize more materials.2
Portraits of Modern Japanese Historical Figures is helpful to my research.1
Overall servicesNDL services are user-friendly.8
NDL has become much more accessible than it used to be.2
NDL should facilitate guides for both on-site and online users.1
ILL, copyingI want copied materials in PDF format.4
NDL should make copying requests available through the NDL-OPAC in English.1
NDL should simplify its copy request procedures.1
I hope that copying requests to the NDL become available through Worldcat.1
Searching for NDL materials through Worldcat is troublesome.1
NDL ILL service is a big help.1
Public relationsFor researchers not fully fluent in Japanese, it would be nice to have more information in English, for example on your official YouTube channel.1
NDL’s ways to disseminate information are good.1
NDL Newsletter articles with images are good teaching tools for university students.1
Twitter (@NDLJP_en) is interesting and written in good English.1
Overseas public relations activities of the NDL have made much more progress than before.1
Other databasesNDL should increase availability of English-language interfaces to its databases.2
NDL services are not user-friendly (WARP, NDL-OPAC, etc.)2
Keyword search and subject search for articles (Japanese Periodicals Index) are troublesome.1
NDL should make petitions to the Diet available online. Lists are insufficient for my research.1
NDL search engines are good.1

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1-4. Databases besides NDL frequently used for research

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2. Basic handouts offered at the NDL booth of AAS 2017

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