On October 10 and 11, 2019, the NCC held its annual Council Meeting at the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. The meeting opened with welcoming remarks by Robin Dale, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, who shared her memories of studying with Amy Heinrich, NCC’s first Chair. Ms. Akane Yoshiie, reference librarian from the National Diet Library (NDL) of Japan, also gave a presentation. NCC would like to thank them and Mr. Eiichi Ito, Reference Specialist for the Japanese Collection at the Library of Congress, for assisting with the logistics of the meeting. We are also grateful to Dr. Dongfang Shao, Chief of the Asian Division; Cameron Penwell, Reference Librarian; and all the staff at the Library of Congress's Asian Division for their generous hospitality.
The NCC Council includes librarians from different regions of the country and from institutions of varying collection sizes; faculty members from both the humanities and social sciences; and representatives from cooperating organizations. The cooperating organizations currently represented on the Council include: the Library of Congress (LC), the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL), the European Association of Japanese Resource Specialists (EAJRS), and the Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Contact information for all current Council Members is available on the NCC website.
The NCC works closely with the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) (http://www.jusfc.gov), an independent federal agency of the US government, which funds NCC’s infrastructure and our annual Council Meeting. We are very grateful to JUSFC for their ongoing support! The Library of Congress was a particularly inspiring setting, and everyone left the meeting with a renewed sense of purpose for advancing NCC’s mission to expand and improve access to library resources and other forms of information about Japan. The NCC’s activities are carried out by the pro bono efforts of representatives of a range of libraries and institutions in the field of Japanese studies. To read more about NCC’s mission, please see our handbook. Information about all our committees and working groups can be found on NCC’s website. If you have not already joined NCC’s efforts, we invite you to become a part of NCC!