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Conference 3-D: Discussion Summaries

Agenda, speakers and recommendations of NCC's Third Decade Conference, 3-D, March 2010

NCC's Third Decade (3-D) Conference: Charting New Partnerships to Support Japanese Studies in the Global Information Society

March 22-23, 2010 at the University of Pennsylvania
* Click on underlined portions to link to discussion summaries and other documents (pdf).

Conference Goal:
  • To solicit advice on new programs that should be undertaken in the coming decade to provide broader and more equitable access to information resources for those interested in Japan;
  • To strengthen collaborative networks among Japanese information stakeholders; and
  • To improve and support global access to Japanese information resources.

Executive Summary: 

NCC's 3-D Conference took place at the University of Pennsylvania over two full days, March 22-23, 2010 and was attended by 115 participants, from throughout the US, Canada, and Japan, with representatives from Italy, France and the United Kingdom. The conference included keynote speeches from Makoto Nagao, National Diet Librarian and Deanna B. Marcum, Associate Librarian of Congress. An important starting point for discussions of future needs was a faculty panel featuring four professors from various regions, institutional types, and disciplines. Each addressed different aspects of how the teaching and research landscape has changed to anticipate the future information resource needs of the field. The majority of conference sessions were held in small-group breakouts focused on a range of challenges. 

To make the many and overlapping discussions of the 3-D Conference most accessible to those who could not attend, as well as a forum for further discussion within the field, and to begin the long process of forging recommendations into fundable plans of action, this report provides topical summaries of each major session. When available, these are accompanied by the power point slides or URLs to supporting materials. To tie discussions together, we follow the schedule for the 3-D Conference with links to the texts of the major discussions and wrap-ups for each day's sessions.

Monday, March 22, 2010 (Monday Morning Sessions) 

9:50-10:50 Faculty Panel: Voices from Scholars in the Field 
Participants: Doug Slaymaker (Literature and Culture), University of Kentucky; Kyle Ikeda (Language and Literature), University of Vermont; Julie Davis (Art History), University of Pennsylvania; A. Maria Toyoda (Political Science), Villanova University; Moderated by Ellen Hammond, Curator of the East Asian Collection, Yale University Libraries. 

11:00-12:00 Where is Japan in the Global Information Society? The View of National Librarians: 
Makoto Nagao, Librarian, National Diet Library of Japan (via video); Deanna B. Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress; Interviewed by Patricia Steinhoff, Professor of Sociology, University of Hawaii 

Monday, March 22, 2010 (Afternoon Sessions)

Proposition 1: Discussion LinkBest Practices 1: Discussion Link
(Prop 1)
Topic: Promoting Collections & Access 
Facilitator: Dawn Lawson 
Action Question:How can the NCC broaden access to Japanese digital resources for North American researchers?
(Best 1)
Topic: Exploring/scrutinizing our collections with new perspective 
Facilitator: Kuniko McVey 
Action Question: How to most effectively reveal the hidden treasures in your collections?

4:00-5:00 Wrap Up and Debriefing on Monday Sessions 
Led by Peter Young, Chief of the Asian Division, Library of Congress 

Tuesday March 23, 2010 (Morning Sessions)

Proposition 2: Discussion LinkBest Practices 2: Discussion Link
Topic: What information literacy skills do our researchers need in the 21st century? 
Facilitator: Sharon Domier 
Action Question: What do librarians need to know and do to serve these users?
Topic: The Well Connected Librarian: Managing the Tools for Optimal Engagement 
Facilitator: Maureen Donovan 
Action Question: How can we use our time and our technology to the greatest advantage?

March 23, 2010 (Tuesday Afternoon Sessions)

Proposition 3: Discussion LinkBest Practices 3: Discussion Link
Topic: NCC's Ongoing Projects 
Facilitator: Toshie Marra 
Action Question: Should NCC keep doing what it has always done?
Topic: Undergraduate Teaching: Reaching and inspiring in all languages 
Facilitator: Haruko Nakamura 
Action Question:How can faculty and librarians better collaborate to the benefit of undergraduates?

2:45-4:15 Facilitated Recommendations Session: Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Conference Center 
Led by Peter Young, Chief of the Asian Division, Library of Congress 
Day 2 Wrap Up 

Periodic updates on action items from the 3-D Conference will be circulated and posted. 

Principal funding for NCC's Third Decade Conference was provided by The Japan-US Friendship Commission. Supplemental financial support came from The Japan Foundation, The Toshiba International Foundation, The Northeast Asia Council of the AAS, and The University of Pennsylvania Libraries. The University of Pennsylvania Libraries along with Penn's Center for East Asian Studies served as the local hosts for the conference, with the additional cooperation of The Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium Faculty Group.

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