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Upcoming Events:  As of March 17, 2015

TUESDAY, 3/24/2015, 7:10 pm to 10:00 pm “NCC/CJM joint meeting” Ohio Room, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Hosted by CEAL's Committee on Japanese Materials (CJM) and the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC)

Description: CJM and NCC jointly host a three-hour pre-conference meeting with three parts. Part One focuses on e-resources reviews inviting resource producers and vendors. Organized and run by NCC’s Digital Resource Committee. Part Two introduces invited guests from Japan with short presentations. Part Three is an off-line community meeting (a.k.a. “ofukai”). This is a live version of our discussions via JpnLibLiaisons listserv, the default mode of communication among Japanese Studies librarians. The attendants are encouraged to share their projects and research activities as well as concerns and questions unique to Japanese Studies librarianship. NCC and CJM hope that this “ofukai” will energize our sense of community while stimulating ideas for solving problems collectively.

Part One: E-resopurces reviews and discussion

7:10 – 7:15 – Introduction   (Haruko Nakamura, NCC DRC Chair)

7:15- 7:30 - Newspaper (Yomiuri, Kikuzo, Nikkei, Maisaku) 

7:30- 7:35   - Journal index (Oya bunko, Zasshi kiji sakuin shusei, MagazinePlus

7:35 - 7:45  - JapanKnowlege

7:45-7:55    - Japan Times and Japan Chronicle Weekly

7:55- 8:05 - CiNii/NII products (Prof. Ikki Omukai, National Institute of Informatics)

8:05-8:15  - general Q & A

Part Two: Mini Presentations

8:20-8:35 - Corpus database demonstrations by Dr. Toshinobu Ogiso, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics)

8:35-8:45 - An overview of NDL ILL by Dr. Nobuhiko Kikuchi, National Diet Library

Part Three: Off-kai

8:5010:00 – Free discussion 


WEDNESDAY, March 25th from 7-8pm Small EA Collections Roundtable, Ohio of Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers.

Part I: Five lightning talks and related Q&A (45 min): 

  • Nie Lin Xie, Dartmouth College - Collaboration with faculty in course content instructions
  • Xiang Li,
  • University of Colorado - Sharing experience of applying for grants
  • Uma Sharma,
  • Syracuse University - Collaboration with
  • faculty in various aspects and strategies used for collaboration
  • Rob Britt,
  • University of Washington, Law Library -
  • Prioritizing purchases with funds that remain: emphasizing digital resources for East Asian Law
  • Xi Chen, Oberlin College - A digitization project
  • of Japanese artists' books collection that involves collaboration among librarians, museum curator and faculty

Part II:  A 15-minute free discussion on more topics concerning small East Asian collections in all areas - collection development, technical service, public service, budget, consortial purchasing and professional develop


THURSDAY, 3/26/2015, 9:10 am to 10:00 am “NCC Open Meeting” Chicago 8, Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers


9:10-9:11 am    Greetings by Kuniko Yamada McVey, NCC Chair

9:11-9:25 am    NCC program and activity updates, Q & A, Victoria Lyon Bestor, NCC Executive director

Full reports from committees and working groups are viewable on NCC website

9:25-10:00 am    In-depth guide to NDL (National Diet Library) online resources, Q & A.

With presentations by Masashi Kosaka (Assistant Director, User Service Planning Division, NDL) and Shinichi Tsuchiya (Assistant Director, Library Support Division, NDL)

NDL online resources are constantly growing, which now counts 350,000 titles of books, 70,000 items of rare materials, 15,000 doctoral dissertations, besides tables of contents of 130,000 journals are fully searchable. Many historical contents such as sound recordings, educational films, occupation period documents are joining in NDL digital collection. Meanwhile NDL Search, its discovery tool, is expanding its reach outside of NDL walls and finds great resources scattered in Japan. It is a good time to get a full and update picture of these vast online resources which are now essential tools for librarians and researchers. Our guests from NDL are eager to hear our input and feedback.

THURSDAY, 3/26/2015, 10:05 am to 11:05 am “Digital Humanities in Japanese Studies” Chicago 8, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago 8, Hosted by CEAL CJM

 CJM will host a session featuring two researchers actively engaged in the digital humanities. The session will examine how digitized/born digital materials can be used for different disciplinary research, as well as ways librarians can support such digital scholarship. Dr. Hoyt Long, the University of Chicago, will discuss his application of network analysis and text mining to the study of literature and literary history. Dr. Long will also discuss the steps he took in order to make these approaches possible. Dr. Toshinobu Ogiso from the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics will discuss Japanese language corpora created by the Institute. He will also explore how corpora can be used in different fields of scholarship.  

THURSDAY, 3/26/2015, 12:30-5:00 pm “Early Modern Japan Network Annual Meeting” Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Columbus A, hosted by EMJ

Panel III:  Online Resources of the National Diet Library: An In-depth Guide Focused on Pre-Modern Materials

The National Diet Library (NDL) offers rich online contents through NDL Digital Collections that include over 480,000 titles of modern books, doctoral dissertations, historical sound recordings, pre-modern maps, prints and manuscripts, modern political archives and more. NDL Search, its powerful discovery tool, enables us to search and explore the NDL’s huge and complex contents. While its digital contents are constantly growing, the functions of NDL Search are evolving and connecting digital contents beyond NDL’s walls, e.g., all tables of contents of NDL’s books acquired before 1968 are fully searchable as text; NDL’s Pre-modern materials (roughly 300,000 titles) are being digitized and currently 70,000 titles are publicly accessible with detailed bibliographic information; NDL-OPAC, NDL’s bibliographic portal, provides users with multiple functions such as citation management, direct request for document delivery of journal articles, links to digitized contents whenever available; NDL Search is well integrated with another national bibliographic database CiNii of NII (National Institute for Informatics) that directly links to the Open Access scholarly contents; contents of JapanKnowledge are searchable and viewable. 

Our guide has two parts. The first half is devoted to presentation of NDL’s online contents of pre-modern materials in themes such as STEM books, children’s books and natural history. The second half introduces research tools that are highly useful and relevant to scholars of pre-modern Japan. 

Panel: Masashi Kosaka, Assistant Director, User Service Planning Division, NDL and Kuniko Yamada McVey, Librarian for the Japanese Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library and Chair, NCC


SUNDAY, 3/29/2015, 8:00 to 10:00am  “Shashi Interest Group Panel: The Business of Interwar: Japanese Companies and the Construction of Transnational Markets” Chicago Ballroom VIII, Level 4, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, hosted by the Shashi Interest Group

This panel explores how Japanese companies shaped regional and global markets during the interwar period. WWI marked a turning point for Japanese commerce as Japan increasingly became an important regional and global exporter. Amidst increasing global trade during the 1920s, Japanese firms nevertheless continued to operate in an environment of inter-imperial competition. In this panel, we examine how Japanese firms carved out a niche for commodities to distinguish their products from domestic and European competitors. Japanese businesses interacted with state authorities in a wide range of areas from regulating the quality of exports to overturning overseas patent rights. Through three case-studies of Japanese companies, we explore how domestic, regional, and global markets were re-defined through attempts at product differentiation. The activities of Japanese firms and government not only reveal Japan's imperial interests but also the process of how markets are constructed during the interwar period. 

Kjell Ericson examines how the pearl cultivator Mikimoto Kokichi sought to regulate the quality of pearls leaving Japan, even as European countries attempted to track Japanese pearls in European markets through distinctions between "cultured" and "natural" pearls. Timothy Yang uses the case of Hoshi Pharmaceuticals to demonstrate how the interwar drug industry often depended upon state authorities for legal protection, subsidies, overseas markets and resources, and even innovation. Ti Ngo focuses on how state support helped a monopolistic Micronesian sugar company to overcome Javanese competitors by distinguishing the quality of its sugar to match the changing taste of Asian consumers.



Doing Digital Scholarship in Japanese Studies, August 17-20th, a 4-day hands-on workshop for faculty.  Watch this space for further details.  


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NCC: Your Umbrella for Japanese Information Resources

NCC creates programs and online services to support the research needs of the field of Japanese studies and for users with any interest in Japan, anywhere. This site also provides links to many recommended instructional and topical sites related to Japan. 

Instructional Materials, Training, and Information Literacy Services help users at all levels within Japanese studies through:

  • Japanese Research and Bibliographic Methods.  A comprehensive 25-unit course in information literacy for undergraduates in Japanese studies, suitable for students with one year of language study (Look for new online tutorials on YouTube)
  • NCC Team-Building Workshops;
  • Subject Guides Portal; a cross-referenced list of key online resources created by major in Japanese Studies Libraries;  
  • E-Texts Website; using Open Source Japanese language resources for teaching about Japan across the curriculum featuring lesson plans, technology tips, and recommended online reference sources;
  • Information Literacy Portal;
  • Professional Development Working Group; focused on librarian professional development at all levels
  • Webinar Series (New content coming September 1st)

Access Services help users find Japanese resources through:

Supporting Cooperative Collection Development to leverage our ability to build and maintain comprehensive collections through grants, cooperation, preservation, and resource exchanges:

International Collaborations bridge global networks throughout the field of Japanese studies that strengthen scholarly communication, resource sharing, and promote cultural diplomacy:

  • Link Working Groups focused on common issues to better advocate for global needs;
  • Advocate for the needs of faculty and students in smaller institutions;
  • Offer specialized training to librarians at all levels of professional development; by promoting information literacy at all levels within the field, and by fostering close collaboration and consultation among librarians, the academic community and bi-national funding agencies;
  • Develop new strategies for resources sharing;
  • A partial list of organizations with which NCC collaborates is here.

The key to the NCC's ability to effectively serve the field of Japanese studies is the devoted group of Japanese studies librarians and faculty who serve on the Council, and provide the intellectual vision for NCC's growing number of services.  None of these programs would be possible without the generous support of our funders, please see links to their Webpages to the left. 

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