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Resource Sharing Committee: News

Guides to locating and requesting Japanese-language materials held elsewhere, including libraries in Japan.

News

September 22, 2022

The Japan Library Association (日本図書館協会) is hosting online information sessions for upcoming 図書館等公衆送信サービス for libraries in Japan.

Please note that these sessions will be conducted in Japanese only.

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日時(すべて日本時間):

1回目:2022930日(金) 1400分~1520

   2回目:20221018日(火) 1400分~1450

   3回目:20221024日(月) 1400分~1450

※2回目、3回目の説明は第1回目のアーカイブを視聴。質疑応答のみライブ配信で行います。

開催形式: Zoom配信およびYouTubeによる傍聴

定員:各回Zoom50人(先着順)、YouTubeは上限なし

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You can find details in this link (in Japanese): http://www.jla.or.jp/committees/chosaku/tabid/988/Default.aspx

For more info, please contact the Japan Library Association via email: chosakuken@jla.or.jp

 


July 1, 2022

We are delighted to announce that Professor Shoji Yamada at Nichibunken (International Research Center for Japanese Studies) has agreed to serve as advisor for NCC Resource Sharing Committee (RSC).

As many of our community members would already know, Professor Yamada has contributed to us as NCC Japan Liaison over the three years, keeping us informed about important developments relating to digitization and copyright law in Japan.

Professor Yamada will serve as NCC RSC Advisor from 2022 to 2024. Please join us in thanking Professor Yamada for his continuing contributions to NCC and our community!

 


April 10, 2022

Updates on Photocopies service from Waseda University Library in Japan.

While their Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service has been still suspended due to the pandemic, the Waseda University library is now accepting photocopies request on their resources with following changes.

  • Since they cannot send photocopies via normal “Airmail” due to the pandemic, the library is sending them via EMS or FedEx.
  • Fee for the photocopies request has been updated. Now they charge 60 yen per a photocopy paper, which covers two facing pages. This fee would be double if the resource was published outside of Japan.
  • Currently, they accept only IFLA vouchers or OCLC-IFM as paying methods.

Please note that these changes have not been reflected on their website (https://www.waseda.jp/library/en/user/librarians/) yet, as of April 10, 2022.

For more details, please contact the Waseda University Library via email: ill@list.waseda.jp.

 


February 24, 2022

The International ILL Toolkit is a valuable resource when you have exhausted domestic lenders and want to borrow internationally. This crowd-sourced effort, initiated by the OCLC SHARES consortium, is freely available to all interlibrary loan (ILL) practitioners in the global resource sharing community. 

International ILL Toolkit:  https://bit.ly/3DvOJiK

Video about the Toolkit:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej2nuSNv5s4

Should you have questions or suggestions about this toolkit, please contact Brian Miller at miller.2507@osu.edu.

 


September 9, 2021

NCC's Statement on Japanese Copyright Law Article 31, formerly located on the main page of the NCC LibGuide, is now located here. [English PDF] [Japanese PDF]

 


March 5, 2021

Japanese Copyright Law partly revised

A bill to revise the Japanese Copyright Law was approved by the Cabinet yesterday and released by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Please see below. 

https://www.mext.go.jp/b_menu/houan/an/detail/mext_00014.html

As to the revised bill, it doesn't seem to prevent services to overseas. However, these revisions are for domestic use only, and there were no clear statements regarding overseas. There are many parts that need more information and clarification. The NCC ILL/DD committee will continue to pursue those issues and will keep everyone informed.   

 


February 06, 2021

NCC chair posted the NCC statement in Support of the Revision of Article 31 of Japanese Copyright Law as well as sent the letters to Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology, Agency of Cultural Affairs, and National Diet Library. 

 


February 05, 2021

CEAL President announced the CEAL Statement in Support of the Revision of Article 31 of Japanese Copyright Law as well as sent the letters to Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology, Agency of Cultural Affairs, and National Diet Library.

 


January 20, 2021

The result of the public comment

Thank you for your participation in the public comment on the Interim Report of the Review of the Regulations on Library Rights Restrictions held in December 2020. The result has been published on the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Bunkacho)’s website. Please visit the following URLs. You can see the proposed revisions added in red in the second URL.  

 

パブリックコメントのまとめ (Summary of the Public Comments) 

https://www.bunka.go.jp/seisaku/bunkashingikai/chosakuken/hoseido/r02_03/pdf/92766601_01.pdf

 

更新後の報告書案 (Revised Draft) 

https://www.bunka.go.jp/seisaku/bunkashingikai/chosakuken/hoseido/r02_03/pdf/92766601_02.pdf

 

In addition, an article was published on the National Diet Library’s Current Awareness Portal with the original (non-edited) version of comments by organizations.  

https://current.ndl.go.jp/node/42958

 


January 6, 2021

Japan Post announced that they have again suspended several services from Japan to the US (Updated on December 24). 

Japanese: https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/information/overview_usa.html

English: https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/information/overview_en.html

While this update should not impact NDL's photocopy delivery service since they use "letters" service, it might cause further delays to the arrival of deliveries.

 


December 15, 2020

Please send your comments to public comment on Interim Report of the Review of the Regulations on Library Rights Restrictions (図書館関係の権利制限規定の見直し(デジタル・ネットワーク対応)に関する中間まとめ」)

 

The Council for Cultural Affairs (文化審議会) of the Agency for Cultural Affairs (文化庁) is now conducting a public comment on Interim Report of the Review of the Regulations on Library Rights Restrictions (図書館関係の権利制限規定の見直し(デジタル・ネットワーク対応)に関する中間まとめ」) and will be closing at 23:00 on December, 21,2020 (Japan time). This includes NDL’s Digitized Contents Transmission Service (図書館向けデジタル化資料送信サービス). If you or your colleagues work with Japanese materials, please read PDF files above this article and participate in this poll.

 

For your convenience, the NCC ILL/DD committee also translated the comment form in English as well as extracted the comment points which correspond with the form. You can find these documents at the bottom of this news column. Please note that English translations are prepared by us and not official versions. Therefore, please let me know if you have any questions. 

 

Please submit your opinion at https://pf.mext.go.jp/admission/17245-2-2.html  

 

The most important points for us to consider for the comments (please see the file of comment points) are: 

  • If the NDL makes it possible to transmit data of materials such as out of print materials directly to users via Internet under certain conditions, overseas users would like to have the same services as the users in Japan. 

  • The Rights to transmit to the public prevents librarians from providing information to users via the Internet. However, this practice prohibits the libraries to deliver the needed information to their users when librarians nor users can have access to the library's physical collection due to various emergency reasons such as the recent new coronavirus pandemic.  

  • Currently, overseas libraries allowed only viewing service of the Digital Contents Transmission service, but we would like to use the image printing service as well.  

 

 

  • Current procedure requires librarians to mediate and monitor the service use by logging in the users as well as processing the print-outs. For academic research use, if the users can print out and download materials by themselves, it increases the effectiveness and efficiency of the research activities. 

 

 

  • It would be ideal that overseas residents can also register for the digital contents transmission service and obtain IDs and passwords to receive the service. 

 

Please send your comments. We appreciate your corporation. 


October 16, 2020

Japan Post updated International mail service availability by country 

  • Among Air items, only some ordinary letter-post items such as Printed Matter, Special Mailbags for Printed Matter and Small Packets are accepted from October 9, 2020. Please find more details here.

August 27, 2020

図書館関係の権利制限規定の在り方に関するワーキングチーム(第1回)held at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology


April 23, 2020

Japan Post announced Temporary suspension of acceptance of various mail items destined to the United States


May 16, 2019

NDL has updated their website on Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries (図書館向けデジタル化資料送信サービス) 


 

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