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The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources



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The NCC works to expand and improve access to library resources and information about Japan, through collaboration with institutions and organizations in North America, Japan, and elsewhere. NCC coordinates projects to cooperatively develop Japanese collections and articulate the information needs of librarians, scholars, and others.

As many of you know, "amabie" are yōkai believed to ward off pandemics. During COVID-19, there are even amabie drawing challenges. Share your drawings on social media with the #amabie and #アマビエ hashtags (you can also use #amabiechallenge).

=Enhanced Digital Access During COVID=

NCC’s committees and working groups have been busy coming up with resources to help librarians, faculty, and scholars through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few of our resources:

From our Image Use Protocol Working Group:

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our users currently cannot access our physical collections. This presents many challenges particularly in regards to access to media (audio-visual) materials. There are a number of subscription-based, as well as freely available, film and documentary media streaming platforms that may be helpful to our faculty and students. Click on Finding Moving Images.

From our Librarian Professional Development Working Group:

Keiko Yokota-Carter (University of Michigan) and Toshie Marra (UC Berkeley) were scheduled to present at the NCC Next Generation Japanese Studies Librarian Workshop on March 16, 2020 in Boston. As we were not able to offer the workshop in person, they have kindly offered to share their PowerPoint presentations as a result of the increased demand for us to familiarize ourselves with and better understand issues related to Japanese e-book collection development.

Our Digital Resource Committee has compiled an E-Book Catalog checklist. If there are more resources you need during this challenging time, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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