NCC was founded in 1991. Learn about our beginnings, and how our unique composition gives us an important and continuing role in the Japanese Studies community. To read more, check out our Multimedia History Project.
|Former NCC Executive Director (1999-2018) Victoria Lyon Bestor wrote this brief history of the NCC. Click below to download.|
VICTORIA LYON BESTOR has spent her career working in educational and nonprofit administration and doing research on Japan. She retired after nearly 18 years as Executive Director of the NCC in June 2017. In retirement she continues her research as an Associate in Research at Harvard’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. She also serves as a Trustee on the board of the American Friends of International House of Japan, and is a member of the advisory council of the ASIANetwork.
|Click for Sachie Noguchi's 2001 plenary speech to CEAL explaining that faculty involvement in NCC was planned from the very beginning.|
SACHIE NOGUCHI (野口幸生) served as Chair of NCC from 2001-04 and took on many other roles, including co-Chair of the MVS (Multi-Volume Sets) committee and co-coordinator of the JAC (Japan Art Catalog) project. She also initiated NCC’s Librarian Professional Development Committee (now Working Group), which continues to provide important learning opportunities for librarians. Noguchi was Japanese Studies Librarian at Columbia University from 2004-18, officially retiring in 2019.
|At NCC's Third Decade (3D) Conference in 2010, Dr. Kristina Troost spoke on the key differences between NCC and CEAL.|
DR. KRISTINA KADE TROOST served as Japanese Studies Librarian at Duke University from 1990 until 2020 and was Head of the International and Area Studies at Perkins Library at Duke University for two decades from 1998 to 2018. Deeply involved with NCC since its founding in 1992, she was NCC Chair from 1998 to 2000. As chair, she organized a conference, “Japanese Library Resource Sharing in the Next Decade: Collection Building, Technological Innovation and International Cooperation in 2000.”