About the NCC
The NCC is a clearinghouse for Japanese information resources and an umbrella for services freely available to all users.
Founded in 1991, NCC works closely with librarians, faculty, and funding agencies to strengthen Japanese language collections and to promote access to information in all forms and formats. The NCC collaborates closely with Japanese institutions, leading organizations in North America, and globally throughout the fields of Japanese studies to develop consortial relationships, to create and disseminate services. NCC provides open access to individuals and groups who do not have Japanese resources available, and develops online instruction on the efficient navigation and use of those resources for such users.
NCC serves as a vocal advocate for broader access to Japanese information for all users, and stands ready to work with librarians, faculty, students, and others to develop new initiatives to meet emerging library and information resource needs to advance Japanese studies scholarship and to benefit understanding internationally.
Major NCC Initiatives:
- have created a freely circulating collection of over 42,000 items and promotes cooperative collection development among North American libraries;
- create more efficient and wide-ranging forms of information exchange within North America, between North American and Japanese libraries, and among those interested in Japan everywhere;
- improve access to library and information resources on Japan for students and faculty at both large and small institutions;
- support reference and other services to faculty and students in smaller institutions without major Japanese language collections and without the services of a trained Japanese studies librarian;
- develop professional training and continuing education programs for librarians who serve the information needs of Japanese studies faculty and their students;
- promote information literacy through online user-training on Japanese language electronic resources, and;
- facilitate access to electronic materials developed on Japan by sharing information and providing a forum for discussion of issues related to digital resources.