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Projects to Make Resources More Available - Some Highlights

NCC is always seeking new ways to increase access to Japanese materials.  This page highlights past and present projects funded or facilitated by NCC.  As technology alters the way users access materials, NCC's projects also adapt to reflect new needs in an ever-changing environment.

Explore some of our most successful past projects!


From 1992 until 2018, NCC helped build a national collection of Japanese research materials in the United States through its Multi-Volume Sets Project (MVS) with funding provided by the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and supplemental support from Japan Publications Trading Company, Ltd. (JPT).

The MVS Collection continues to be an important resource for Japanese researchers in North America.  Learn more about the program and check out what's available and where it is on the MVS page.

Click here to explore the MVS Collection.

GIF Project & History

A brief Timeline of the History of Interlibrary loan (ILL) and the GIF project:

1996 - CULCON Information Access Working Group recommends ILL Collaboration

1997 - AAU/ARL/NCC collaboration established

2001-02 - Japan-US ILL Pilot Project

2002 - Global ILL Framework (GIF) created under AAU/ARL/NCC collaboration

2004 - GIF becomes independent with over 240 institutional members

2018 - GIF project ends as Japan transitions to new program NDL online

The GIF Project was a reciprocal agreement between North American and Japanese academic libraries and research institutes to provide researchers with access to materials not available through normal ILL channels. 

GIF was created after several pilot projects and was the first between North America and Japan to use the ISO ILL Protocol (International Organization for Standardization) for transmission of ILL requests between the NACSIS ILL Japan) system and OCLC ILL (North America) system. The ISO ILL Protocol simplified the ILL process by allowing ILL staff to use the same messaging and fee payment system as the majority of their other ILL requests.

In 2003, the GIF initiative began with document delivery only before expanding to the lending of books.  GIF participants could request both photocopies (non-returnables) from an unlimited range of materials held by participating libraries and borrow books from participating Japanese institutions.

As GIF grew and became an independent project, administration shifted from ARL and was shared by NCC's ILL/DD Committee and the GIF Project Team from JANUL (Japan Association of National University Library).  This was a major focus of the committee for for over a decade.

The GIF project ended in 2018 when Japan initiated a new system through NDL Online.  Collaboration and  and Current information for ILL/DD can be found on the ILL/DD Committee page.

Information Literacy Lesson Guide

The NCC's Information Literacy Resources portal has been developed as a part of the NCC's E-Resource Training initiative which has began in 2004 with major funding provided by the Japan Foundation. The portal was collaboratively developed by a group of instructors of Japanese electronic resources who participated in the T-3 Workshops in 2004 and 2005 to be widely shared with anyone who teaches or wants to learn Japanese electronic resources. Here you will find information literacy instruction lesson plans and syllabi, instructional handouts, user guides and tutorials on different library resources, etc.

Though no longer being updated, many resources may still be of use.

Check out the Information Literacy Resources page here.

Check out some current initiatives! 

Comprehensive Digitization and Discoverability Program

In 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the CDDP Taskforce saw the need for online resources and initiated the CDDP Video Series with funding support from the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO).  Their hope was to assist scholars and librarians in Japanese Studies to engage with digital scholarship. The CDDP Video Series offers instructional videos on freely available resources and cutting-edge projects related to Japanese Studies, highlighting useful tools and best practices.

Search this valuable resource for many ways to engage with digital scholarship, from discovery of materials, to online collaboration!

Digital Image Gateway

Horai no makimono

Another project to help find digital images, the NCC Japanese Digital Image Gateway is a bilingual database available in both Japanese and English, searchable by title, keywords, descriptions, and subject categories. It acts as a portal database for online images that are held by various universities, archives, research institutions, public libraries, and museums in Japan, North America, and Europe.

(184 resources, as of June 2021)

Japan Art Catalog

Since 1995 the Japan Art Catalog (JAC) Project has facilitated access to Japanese art catalogs for art historians and the general public.  One of the oldest ongoing projects of NCC, the JAC Project makes otherwise difficult-to-find resources available for researchers.

Research Access Guides


Research Access Guides were created to help scholars and students who wish to conduct research in Japanese materials at institutional Museums, Libraries, and Archives.  First released in 2012, and updated regularly, these guides include institutions in Japan, North America, and Europe, with information about location and hours, along with information about the collection and how to access it.  

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